Reto finished the construction of our wood fired pizza oven last week and the remodelling of the main kitchen area is complete.
Dish pit gone, hidden in a new room for water filtration and washing dishes behing the main kitche ! Replaced by an open sala surrounded by plants and containing our new pizza oven, lava grill and BBQ.
Now we just need to wait for it to dry, fire it and then figure out how to make pizza :)
Plans are afoot for Pizza making to become a actvity for students to run alongside mealtimes ( but not every night :) )
Ben Grasser was up this afternoon to conduct a safety inspection on the Aerial Challenge course ( as we are half way though the monsoon season and wanted to sure we will have no corrosion issues in the future)
When it rains in Khao Yai it really rains, but
everything is looking good, minor surface rust on some junctions which have already been cleaned and treated with galvanising spray.
I am wwriting this in the middle of a rain storm so oud I cannot hear myself think, strangley enough though the satellite connection is working fine and thinking about getting out kayaking as the rivers must be kicking after all this water.
Well as I write this we are looking at a final completion date on construction at The Wild Lodge necessitated by the arrival of a weekend training program on August 28th 2008 ! So the plan is everything finshed condstruction wise within the next 5 weeks.
I plan on posting the construction time line of the lodge retro actively and also posting some images to illustrate over the next few weeks.
but at the moment the re- roofing of the lodges is complete using the fire retardant shingles and the carpentry crew are now engaged closing the eaves of all the lodges using the traditional planked Choeng Lom design of the Lanna style houses seen in the North of Thailand.
Next is to bring in the tiling crew to re_floor three of the lodges and the electrician and painting crews to re paint all the lodges.
We are also redesigning the balconies to include a seat on one end in addtion to the planned hammocks. So this weekend will be spent visiting the wood reclaim yards again to find suitable timber.
I am still proud of the fact that all of the hardwood used in the construction of the lodge to date has been reclaimed and not a single piece of non sustainable timber has been used in the lodge ! (The only non reclaimed timber used has been Ecalyptus which is a sustainable wood grown for paper production.)
It may seem strange to re roof the lodges when they have seen so little use but I am convinced that it the right decision and will save a lot of problems in the future, and also makes our risk assessments an awful lot easier now that the roofs are not a fire issue !