Raining again!

The rain was falling heavily on the drive in to Old Sarum and we wondered how many volunteers would turn up this morning………..Amazingly everybody did, even after three days of pounding chalk. Interestingly it appears that everyone has their own idea of the most efficient way of getting the job done.

The chalk crushers at work!

The chalk crushers at work!

We have various pounders in use, some made from large pieces of wood and others made from metal, each volunteer has their own favourite, with some becoming so attached to their pounders that they even name them! The consensus seems to be that if you use the wooden pounders aggressively you produce more crushed chalk in a shorter time, but end up breaking the tools. However by being less aggressive you preserve the tools but it takes longer to produce the same amount.

The ever growing chalk pile.

The ever growing chalk pile.

On the rest of the site we have finished placing all of the stakes on building 851 and have started weaving the walls. In our workshop area we have also been practicing the different weaving methods that we will be using on building 547.

Building 851 with the last stakes laid out. Photo by Briony Clifton

Building 851 with the last stakes laid out. Photo by Briony Clifton

The first layers of wall are in. Photo by Briony Clifton

The first layers of wall are in. Photo by Briony Clifton

PS. We found two more toads in the chalk pile today!

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