Looking toward the millennium garden

10.14.15 | assembly on site & raku kiln construction

Days eleven and twelve of the visiting school have been written up by Lampson Leung, a graduate from Oxford Brookes University who’s currently residing in Singapore where he works as a tai chi instructor at Chen Style Tai Chi Academy, and as an amateur artist/ inventor at Studio Lampson.

Day 11 counted down to our last three days in Grymsdyke Farm. There was a sense of urgency in the air as we anticipated the assemblage of our combined effort before the visiting school ends. In the production line, we had Elizabeth and her team feeding the CNC with timbers, sanding and oiling the lattices. Lattice after lattice like a faithful servant/ master, the CNC machine implored the assemble team to work ever more earnestly to assemble the pieces on site. For the timber joint team we had Zina and myself. Zina inspired new approaches and with our every attempt to cut each piece of wood more precise and efficient, we felt that we will become timber joint masters at the end of the visiting school.

The day ends with an unusually late dinner with the assemble team held up by challenging site conditions. Only to be resolved after arduous effort from the assemblage team and Clem’s charisma on site. Despite the late dinner, we were not withhold from energetic conversations and from enjoying the scrumptious ratatouille prepared by Alex and Elizabeth.

Day 12 the assemblage team continue their arduous effort but with greater determination in assembling the pieces of lattices that the CNC machine never cease to supply. Elizabeth and I maintained in the production line, tediously multiple tasking: feeding the CNC, sanding and oiling the pieces of lattice from the CNC machine. Carrying the pieces of timber and lattices back and forth from the CNC room, my muscles ached and I realised how strong Elizabeth was. Jia took on my role to learn some timber joint making from Zina. Jessie and Alex started the preparation for our Raku kiln, which we long looked forward to, to see our clay tiles to completion. We also look forward barbeque tomorrow that celebrates the camaraderie cultivated over the duration of the visiting school.