To create a 3D model of the Adams shop, forge, yard and listed barn that will help to educate, inform and inspire reminiscence.
The model box will be showcased at the celebration event in April 2012 in Littleport.
As a matter of urgency, a complete site survey of The JH Adams &Sons shop and premises is currently under way, with many hundred of photographs and measurements being taken. From this data, many accurate architectural drawings will be produced. The drawings will in turn be used to produce the highly detailed scale models.
To view the progress of the model please visit the model album here.
Or read Trevor's Model Making Blog here.
The FAP team model maker
Trevor JJ Vincent
A simple maquette to investigate a sense of scale and content for the proposed model.
Now that the major part of the survey has been completed, and recorded in the form of hundreds of photographs and many scale drawings, it is finally time to start sawing up bits of wood.
The Family Adams Project have had the good fortune to be given some material from the fabric of the Adams shop, kindly donated by David & Susan Porter (the current owners). This was in the form of a disused shelf from the shop's office. Being over 100 years old, the pine timber is now rather well-seasoned and sweet-smelling when sawn.
The shelf proved sufficient to provide all the material required to fabricate the plinths for both models (Shop & Forge, plus separate Barn unit).
With the aid of my trusty bandsaw I was able to perform the slicing of the material, then with the router, form the various profiles that made up the complete plinth assemblies.
I designed the plinth styling to reflect the “tongue & groove” panelling that appears extensively throughout the interior of the shop.
The plinths were treated to various wood stains, an acrylic wax finish and reclaimed brass handles from the shop were added to assist handling.
Since the completion of the plinths/baseboards, much work has been carried out on the model itself. With many components which comprise the shop, forge and barn being fabricated and stored, flat in a large plan chest.
This “kit of parts” is being stained, painted or patinated as and when each component is produced. In this way, we do not have a struggle to decorate inaccessible part once assembled.
So far, all walls for the shop and forge have been made, as is the shop staircase, the complex drawer/shelf system and two ground floor sales counters. Particularly well advanced is the barn, where the floor, walls and roof superstructure is all assembled and the colour staining has commenced.
However, there is no danger of running out of things to do. There are many further architectural features still to fabricate, including the complex roof structure relating the shop.
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