Fulton, IL, USA - The masonry work - The "fieldwall"
The Dutch are back in Fulton again, and this time there's masons.
Before starting their own work though, the masons first went and checked on the work that was done by Lawrence & Son, Contractors during winter time.
They soon found out that Lawrence did a fine job; finishing the belt, installing a railing on top of the belt, constructing the concrete facade, walk ways and the office space between the entrance and the "onderbouw" ( the lower part of the windmill) while others were installing all the necessary utilities like electricity, water, air and telephone.
After locally purchasing the necessary ingredients for their mortar, Johan and Wijni (short for Wijndelt) were ready to start their work by Tuesday afternoon.
Brickwork is planned for the concrete facade and the "fieldwall" on top of the belt.. The mason's planning called for erecting this "fieldwall", covering the lower part of the octagon, first.
The historic brick Wijni Drent is using here was shipped from the Netherlands to Fulton in the fall of 1999. The brick came from one single building in the Groningen city of Bedum and date back to about 150 years ago. The authentic, historic brick will really set off the windmill by adding an atmosphere of longevity.
when required, odd-sized brick parts.
A pointing trowel is used to finish the joints.
Of course pointing is done on both sides of the "fieldwall" since both sides will be visible.
A small hand broom is used to create the final looks.
By the end of the week half of the work on the field wall was finished...
thus already giving a good idea of the final looks on both outside and inside.
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