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Thursday, December 4, 2014

The stable building


First, let me say I’m sorry to all my followers for not having posted anything for the last months. I have been very busy at work with many projects to prepare and to monitor. It seems it’s getting quieter now and this morning I will try to give you news of my hobby.

I haven’t posted anything but I have worked a lot since I came back from France with a mini saw table and a mini router, both by Proxxon. It was a wise investment as the quality of my work has improved.

First, I built another shop house. It was an order and I use the same design as before.  My costumer was very happy when she got it!


Then I built a bakery for a US customer. It is a big shop with windows on two sides. It took me more than a month to build it and paint it. I then sent it from Bangkok and it safely made it to N. Carolina. It opens at the back and offers a very large space for the shop.

Then I finished the silver shop for my customer in Hawai. I will send it there early January. I am very happy with it. I hope she will like it too. I will post some pictures next time when I have finished all the lights.
The stables


Last but not least, I decided to buy a building inspired by a print I had found at a flea market while I was in France. It’s from a book :”L’architecture pour tous”. It’s a horse stable next to a coach house with a room for the groom upstairs.

The book was published in 1904. So the building dates from this period, very classic, lovely proportions.

I first drew a very accurate sketch of the 4 sides of the building, then started cutting all the pieces. I tried to cut the same parts for the 4 sides to avoid having to check the dimensions each time. But this takes a lot of organization… which is something I lack.


Anyway, when I had all the corners stones cut, I cut all the openings with the router. On the whole, it was not as difficult as I had thought. But it takes a while before I managed to use my router. It goes very fast, it is very loud too!



Then I glued all the plinths, corner stones, railings, etc…. on the 4 sides.
 I made some of the railings with the router too.


This is a building that can be seen from each side.
The back side:



Then I started building the different windows, staircase and doors.


 That is something that is still difficult to do. I wish I knew somebody who could make a laser-cut frame that I could adapt to every building. Something like a grid. Anyone interested? Anyone you know?
Then I used my new airbrush for the primer and the first layer of paint. That is another good investment.



After that I started ageing the building and built a pattern for the roves( roofs?) as they were a bit tricky to do.




When they looked fine. I cut the parts for the roof and assembled them.


Then primer and 1st layer of grey paint on the roof.


Then I continued ageing the walls until it looked old enough..The first day, the patina always looks darker but it attenuates when it dries




Tw days later, the building was now starting to look like what I had in mind.



I built a staircase and had fun building a miniature stable.


 I have had horses at home, in France, for so many years that it was easy for me to recreate the stalls. That brought back a lot of good memories to my mind.




Then I painted the inside and set the roves. “Toits a la Mansard” are difficult to cut and assemble with all these different angles and I have never been good at geometry. And I added a lantern in the corner of the stable building


The small hallway is now almost completed but I need to think about the style of decoration I want. Classic country style and simple.
I built a fountain to add on the right side



Now it’s almost the end. 
Yesterday I made a mini bridle and head collar in 1/12 for the only horse I have. I need to make more as there will be 3 horses in the stalls. The Breyer 1/12 horses are really nice to work (or play?) with. 



The stable building's facade opens to let people have a glimpse of life in the stables.....


I am also building a buggy/phaeton that will go in the coach house and maybe I’ll have to think of a pair of harnesses too!


Before I finish this post, I want to thank all the people who added nice comments on my Facebook pages at "Siam's Miniatures". I also post pictures of my creations there as it is easy to download pictures from my mobile phone. Join me there if you like.
I also want to thank all the peeople who came and talk with me at the SIMP in Paris last June. It was great to meet them in person. I didn't imagine so many people, both French and foreign, knew my work! Thank you all!
And finally, I want to thank my 4 cats who have continously supported me while I was building that project and who never complained about late dinner...!




Have a very good weekend. No class today. It's HRM the King of Thailand's birthday today.

Keep in touch.....

42 comments:

  1. Bonjour,

    Je suis très heureux de pouvoir lire un nouveau post. Je voulais savoir dans quelle matière vous aviez réalisé les pierres de parement.
    A bientôt,
    Vincent

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    1. Bonjour Vncent et merci de votre message. J'utilise ce qui s'appelle en France du Forex et ici ils appellent ca du Plastwood. C'est une matiere plastique qui se coupe et se colle facilement. Utilise pour les panneaux publicitaires.
      Bonne journee
      Patrick

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  2. Impresionante el trabajo que has realizado en la construcción de los edificios!!
    El establo me parece una construcción muy interesante y bonita,me gusta mucho como has ido solventando cada pared y las piedras,resulta magnífico!!!
    Ya veo que has contado con la ayuda de tus cuatro gatos que se sienten muy a gusto con los edificios que construyes,un lametón cariñoso para cada uno de ellos!!
    Besos.

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    1. Thanks Pilar. I am happy you like my work.

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  3. Patrick, beautiful work! I particularly love the stable! It is so perfect and atmospheric. Thanks for aharing the process. PS I have just designed windows for my French chateau with a curved top to have laser cut - there usn't much that's commercially available,

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    1. Thanks a lot Shanon. Let me know if you find someone who can do laser cut for window frames in small quantities (10 pieces). Thanks

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  4. Les "Stables" sont superbes ! Le bâtiment est vraiment beau, avec de bonnes proportions et la réalisation très fine. J'aime particulièrement le travail de finition avec le vieillissement des pierres. Ce n'est pas étonnant que vous n'ayez pas posté depuis longtemps, avec tout ce travail ! Il faut s'occuper des chevaux maintenant : chez Breyer ils ont aussi une jument arabe qui ira très bien ...avec une selle d'amazone.

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    1. Merci Dominique. J'ai en effet commande 2 autres chevaux chez Breyer et suis en train de construire un phaeton pour mettre dans la remise a voiture

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  5. Hi Patrick!
    thanks for sharing your stunning houses, this post compensates your long absence :-) the building inspired by a print, is stunning.
    Magda

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    1. Thank you Magda. Happy you like my project.

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  6. Votre dernière création est de toute beauté!! J'espère ( un jour peut être!!!!) pouvoir acquérir un tout petit peu de votre dextérité !!
    Dans quel matière faites vous toutes vos maisons? j'ai pourtant regarder vos anciens posts et n'ai pas trouvé la réponse ,il est vrai que mon anglais est plus que basique!!!
    A bientôt!
    Isabelle

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    1. Merci Isabelle. Mes maisons sont construites en forex. On trouve ca chez les marchands de fourniture pour la publicite. Ca n'est pas toujours facile a trouver. Demandez a un publiciste ou il achete ces panneaux et vous devriez trouver.

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    2. Merci Patrick!!
      Bonne soirée!
      isabelle

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  7. WOuah , l'écurie est superbe , j'adore l'architecture .Tu as bien travaillé .
    Un routeur c'est quoi ? une scie ? c'est le traducteur qui le nomme ainsi.
    Gros câlins aux chats

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    1. Bonjour Catherine et merci de tes compliments. Un routeur c'est une defonceuse en francais. Il y a ca chez Bricodepot. Mais surtout choisis un petit modele, leger et facile a controler. J'en ai mis un en photo dans les pages que je viens de publier.

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  8. Wonderful buildings you've made once again! As I'm not working tomorrow I've got better time to take a good look at your shops and the stable. I shall enjoy the photos very much, I'm sure. Welcome back, Patrick, you have been missed a lot!
    Have a great weekend! Anna

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    1. Thank you Anna. I'll try to post more regularly now. Missed reading your comments and reading from you too.

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  9. This is very nice !!!!! 1/12th scale ?

    Thank you for sharing.


    Mario

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  10. Ciao Patrick! ��
    Io ti seguo anche su FB, per cui ho potuto godere in anteprima di tutto questo splendido lavoro e so quanto hai lavorato. Complimenti ancora!

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  11. Oh how I love your buildings, I would love to do a building class with you, perhaps I might win the lottery, lol. Love to see how your building evolves.

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    1. Thank you Margaret. Happy you like my work. Woul love to have a building class too! Happy Christmas!

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  12. Magnificent- I want to move in- obviously your cat does too!

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    1. Thanks Philip.Yes, my 4 cats love to hide or play inside my buildings!
      Happy Christmas!

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  13. how perfect work! and thank you for describing in so many details! Amazing ,really amazing your work!! :)

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    1. Thanks Anna. I will try to post about my work more regularly. Happy Christmas!

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  14. Patrick the stable is nothing short of magnificent---

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  15. Magnificent, stunning and inspiring!

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  16. OMG. You are so very talented! But, I am sure you already know that! :-)

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  17. I love the stables too! Like everyone else! I enjoy seeing your work.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment Doug. Happy you like my work. Happy Christmas!
      Patrick

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  18. Patrick, there are not enough words in the English Dictionary to describe the quality and the Beauty of your work! You just keep getting better and better and Fast too! So many buildings that you started, completed and shipped! WOW! I am so impressed by that alone but then to have this INCREDIBLE Structure, to gaze in wonder at, is almost too good to be true! I love the inclusion of the horses! Superb! I think that if I was Impressed before by what you have done, well,... I think that I Ain't Seen Nothin Yet! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment Elisabeth. It made me really happy to read it and proud of my job too.
      As I work alone I have no one to ask for comments. So reading what you wrote made me feel that my work is good. That picture I found really inspired me and although it was a big challenge, I think that in the end what I did looks nice. I may build a replica of this buildng but the opposite side with a similar architecture, something like a hunting lodge or what they call here "Rendez vous de chasse" Thanks a lot Elisabeth and Happy Christmas!

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  19. Bonjour Patrick ,
    Je n'en reviens pas du travail accompli depuis quelque mois . J'ai regardé plusieurs fois les photos et je pense qu'en 1 an , je n'en ferais pas autant . La première boutique est aussi bien réussie que les précédentes . On reconnaît tres bien ta patte .
    Le volume du deuxième batiment est tres beau . Tu as trouvé une technique de travail très efficace . J'aime beaucoup la façon dont la patine donne de l'épaisseur et de la profondeur aux pierres . Je ne connais pas l'outil que tu utilises , il te sers a quoi ? Devant la photo , je me suis posée plein de questions , est ce une sorte de fraiseuse ?
    J'ai hâte de voir comment tu vas organiser et décorer tes pièces . A la vitesse ou tu travailles , ce sera pour bientôt ! :))) cela fait plaisir d'avoir de tes nouvelles .
    Je t'embrasse
    Catherine

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    1. Merci Catherine de tous ces compliments qui me touchent beaucoup et repondent a mes interogations car a la fin, je ne sais plus si ce que je fais est bien ou non. Tu me confirmes que c'est dans la bonne voie. La machine est une defonceuse qui sert a faire par exemple des bords arrondies ou des moulures sur des pieces de bois. J'ai des idees pour l'interieur de ce batiment, la chambre du personnel e l'ecurie et une petite scellerie avec des harnais et aussi un autre pavillion similaire qui serait une sorte de rendez vous de chasse. A suivre...
      Tres bon Noel!

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  20. Hi Patrick
    I cannot believe I have only found your blog now! I am blown away by your work. The Stables are amazing, I just love them. I will be looking forward to each and every post from you from now on.
    All the best
    Vivian

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    1. Thank you Vivian and welcome to my miniature world. Happy that you will follow me now.
      Happy Christmas

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  21. Hello Patrick,
    It is wonderful to see a new post...though I follow you on Facebook. All the projects are beautiful, but the stables is fantastic. Your work always blows me away. the finish and the detail are incredibly well done.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  22. Very beautiful! How did you make the staircase and railings? The one outside is especially pretty. Are they laser cut designs that you bought or did you make them all yourself?

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