We’ve finally had a break in the weather for a few days, so the crew jumped on the first bright day to pour the slab.
Great big truck drives up, then puts the drum in reverse (there are vanes inside the drum which mix in one direction, force concrete out in the other direction.
Then the stuff comes slithering down the chute. It’s incredibly heavy but it moves easily; the crew rake and stomp it into place.
I did not get any photos of it in operation, but they use a power-trowel, which is sort of like a lawnmower with trowel panels on the bottom instead of blades; it skims the surface (since it weighs a lot less than a comparable amount of wet concrete) and you walk it back and forth to make flatness happen.
Now it cures for a while, then the roof goes on, the heavy machinery goes in, and the sides go on. After that, it’s my turn to run the electric, build the benches and ventilation system, raised floor in the sharpening area, and doors. Somewhere in there I need to tear down my existing set-up and move it and the propane tank. The little stuff like my anvil and stump and whatnot will just go in the back of my truck. I hope.
There’s still tons to do and I’ll be happy if I have the place operational by fall. If I can do that I’m going to have a warm and productive winter!