On Tuesday we had the platform and frame built at last, and it was time to turn our attention to the part of this project that’s been giving us the most uneasy dreams: how are we going to get the 100 feet of 6mil plastic sheeting— the dumpling skin— onto the frame without tearing it? The roll is so heavy we have to both lift it, so we knew the weight would be difficult to manage as we somehow pulled it up without tearing the edges. We’d been testing folds, strategizing, analyzing the computer model, but we were a bit mystified. Finally on Tuesday we resorted to a mantra. All day we repeated— out loud, to ourselves, or no one— “The plastic is going to be easy.” Then we’d usually laugh and get a little manic.
After another 14 hour day in the field, we went down to Lime Ridge to have burgers and beers at The Branding Iron. We’d been there when we visited in May, and the owner Lisa is great. She remembered us when we walked in and as usual there was an interesting assortment of friendly local folk happy to talk to us about our project, Fermentation Fest, and whatever else was going on that day. We met Denny, a sign-maker from Loganville who has his own company, Denmar Signs, and has been getting into bending custom neon and making interesting 3D signs around the Dells area. By the time our food arrived Denny was buying us beers and right there with us, trying to figure out how we’re going to get the plastic up onto the frame (Emily showed him a picture.) “Well I think I’d better just bring my bucket truck over tomorrow.”
And can you even believe it: HE DID!!
Emily got to go in the bucket truck because she has the hands of steel needed to wield the staple gun, loaned to us by Jerry Jessop (our host, pictured right) after the electric one we bought turned out to be a piece of crap.
We had pre-pleated the plastic on one side and positioned it around the frame, ready to be heaved up to Emily so she could secure it with the staple gun.
Fortunately Denny is a very skilled bucket truck operator!!
We pulled and hoisted up from inside while Emily secures the plastic
Losing light! but looking good…
Thank you Denny!!