CALCH Day 6 – Positively Balmy (and a little barmy too)


The sun was shining and we were all happy as we gathered in the car park near Herbert’s Quarry. We donned our extra pairs of socks and commented on the presence of snow and the lack of an almost gale force freezing wind – compared with the windy conditions last week presented us today was balmy. Almost tropical in fact!

After a quick tour of some of the kilns and quarries we had not seen before and a little discussion on the unusual tufa rock that forms in the area we headed up to site hut and collected the equipment required for the day’s endeavours.

From left to right; Joe, Tony, Rob, Jude, Menna and Sue on tour

From left to right; Joe, Tony, Rob, Jude, Menna and Sue on tour

Today we were joined by lots of eager volunteers – Joe, Tony, Rob, Jude, Sue and Colin – all of whom did a great job of recording different aspects of the office block.  We were split into two teams, one of which was in charge of the plane table equipment, the other in charge of drawing a wall (an elevation drawing, as we call them).

Whilst team one (Team Plane Table) carried on drawing a scale floor plan of the office block, team two (Team Elevation) set about drawing a scale plan of one of the interior walls. We had a great deal of fun playing (when I say ‘playing’ I mean ‘working’) with a chalk line – basically a string covered in chalk dust which leaves a line of chalk on any surface it touches (including hands, gloves, faces). Chalk lines are used to create a base line on a surface – usually one would use nails and a piece of string, but it was not possible to hammer nails into the walls and any attempt to do so would have damaged the render.

Team Plane Table. From left to right; Tony, Rob, Jude and Joe

Team Plane Table. From left to right; Tony, Rob, Jude and Joe

Team Elevation. From left to right; Holly, Sue and Colin

Team Elevation. From left to right; Holly, Sue and Colin

Team two’s aim was to, by the end of the day, complete a scale drawing of the wall shown in the picture above. We succeeded though not without a few mishaps and inventions – one tape measure literally exploded and in order to reach the highest points of the wall we devised a makeshift measuring tool; a hand tape attached by masking tape to a ranging rod.

Makeshift measuring pole

Makeshift measuring pole

What happens when a tape measure explodes

What happens when a tape measure explodes

By the end of the day both teams had completed their aim and there were no difficulties with the plane table (for once)! Even though we now have one elevation drawn, we have many more to do. At least now we’ve done the first one the others should be easy!

Elevation plan

Elevation plan

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4 thoughts on “CALCH Day 6 – Positively Balmy (and a little barmy too)

  1. Michael Fogg

    Sheer vandalism, on two counts. FIrstly, you expect us to believe that a retractable tape measure spontaneously exploded in a shower of springs, rivits and other assorted metal parts, resulting in that contorted Dali-esque monstrosity pictured above.Secondly, you have (I assume for reasons of policy) decided to omit Theo’s name from the working party – although we can plainly see that he has autographed his wall-work (next to the makeshift measuring pole).

    In all seriousness – well done to you all. I’ve done quadrat sampling work in some fairly exposed areas, and it’s not always that much fun. But it’s much better when done with people that you can have a laugh with.

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  2. hspheritage Post author

    But it did! It sprung in a rivited manner…! Ok, we admit it, it was dropped (though it was not dropped from a great distance). How remiss of me; my apologies, Theo.

    On the serious note – many thanks Mike, it is hard work but our volunteers seem to be a hardy and resilient bunch (thank you all) and now we’ve got the equipment set up we’re getting the work done pretty well and in good time!

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    1. hspheritage Post author

      Gosh!! I need one of those – not had much time to write much on here but on it like Sonic over the next month or so! Glad you’re reading! :)

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