Sometimes people ask, “What do you do to get ready for KC Renfest?” This year it was construction.
The hut on the current Wizards Tower was built 20+ years ago, has had very little maintenance, and was literally ready to fall in on us.
It turns out that there was almost no support structure left beneath the shingles. The plywood decking was rotted and infested with termites. The joists, where they still held together, were soft and spongy.
Those pictures are looking down into the hut from the staircase that runs up the tower. Not much left is there? And most of it just fell in after removing the industrial plastic sheeting that was affixed inside.
Once we got the rest of the roofing off we started rebuilding. I wish I had got pictures of the nearly finished roof but at the end of the day I was so tired and sore I forgot. Maybe I’ll go out today so you can see where we’re at.
EDIT: Here are pictures from this morning showing our progress.
New joists are in and new decking is up. I can now stand on the roof without fear of falling through to my death.
Later this week we’ll go back out and do the felt and shingles.
I know I haven’t updated since last fall. You’d think I would have noticed, but alas I did not. I’m hoping your Fall and Winter have been good to you and that Spring brings you new growth and prosperity.
I’ve had a fairly mundane several months, except for a tropical vacation in February, and I am really looking forward to the upcoming months as my show schedule fills up.
It appears I’ll be traveling again to the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival for a few weekends in May and then in June I will be returning to Great Bend for their June Jaunt celebrations.
I’ve been working a a few new items that I hope to try out at both events so that they are ready for the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in the Fall. Fingers crossed that it all works out for the best.
Sixteen years ago I met my biggest fan, although I didn’t know it at the time. What started out as verbal one-upmanship with a girl that I thought was pretty cute has led to some of the best times of my life. She has stood by when I doubted my skill and worth, and encouraged me to take steps to better myself. Even when I feel like I’m losing my joy, the twinkle in her eyes makes me smile.