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 3 ~ Part 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
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.
Frits Osterthun © 21.1.2023