R e n o v a t i o n  J o u r n a l


Vineyard Watchtower | WeinTurm

(Scratchbuilding on basis Faller 170810 Dekorplatte Naturstein)




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2018: Prelude (Part 1) - Prelude (Part 2)

2019: Part 1 ~ Part 2

2020: Part 3Part 4 ~ Part 5 ~ Part 6 ~ Part 7

2021: Part 8a ~ Part 8b ~ Part 8c ~ Part 9 ~ Part 10 ~ Part 11 ~ Part 12 ~ Part 13 ~ Part 14 ~ Part 15

2022: Part 16 ~ Part 17 ~ Part 18 ~ Part 19 ~ Part 20 ~ Part 21 ~ Part 22 ~ Part 23 ~ Part 24 ~ Part 25 ~ Part 26 ~ Part 27 ~ Part 28



Chapter 29 ~ Fachwerkturm

Chapter 30 ~ Vineyard Watchtower

Chapter 31 ~ Animals in the Forest





Chapter 30.1 ~ The idea

January, 2023



As long as I saw this flattened piece of rock above the wine cellar, I had planned to put a watchtower there.

Like anywhere in the world, most vineyards usually have something like a watchtower. It dates back to old testamentic times!



Although the city already has many different towers, it should not be overdone.

That is why I opted for a ruin tower, which barely rises above the wall at the front, but is completely built from the ground up at the back.


This building gave the impetus to a ruin... (somwehere in the Provence)



Chapter 30.2 ~ Design and construction

Wednesday to Friday, January 18-20, 2023



As basic material I use the Faller Dekorplatte (170810). I recently ordered this from Faller.





 I gave the joints a little more depth and the stones a slightly rougher structure (hence the tooth brush),

while the smooth greyish back side still had to be completely provided with a stone profile. 



I wanted the watchtower to look out over both vineyards, hence the connection with the old city wall.




Of course, an interior cannot be missed, together with a staircase and door on the outside.

The construction of this ruined Watch Tower reminded me of the making of the ruins at the Cochemer Burg,

also a very satisfying project as described in Journal 3 (Chapter 23A):



But don't let me distract you from looking there now!

Let's continue here first.



There is no greater pleasure than working with real wood.



A meticulous job to cut out the door opening.


On the inside I wanted a wooden floor, which has now decayed through the ravages of time. The inner door connects exactly with the one on the outside. 




The extra staircase from Schoss Bran (Faller 13/7) fits most perfect.










On Friday, January 20, I positioned the tower on the layout, besides installing the lighting of this module, connected to the 'Stift Cochem  Switchboard'. 




On Saturday, I positioned the Vineyard Watchtower on the Cochemer Bahn.













I hesitated all day about giving the stairs a stone perimeter. The austerity attracted me.

Still, in retrospect it seemed too bare and too much like concrete. 










Last Update:

Frits Osterthun 21.1.2023