Many thanks to everyone who helped clean up the garden space, tote bricks, lay bricks, mix mortar, and provide food for the crew on September 24. Good progress was made. Remaining work includes mortaring in a thousand or so bricks, and many people are needed for this. Coaching is available, so even if you’ve never laid bricks, this is your chance to learn and move the project along at the same time. Come for as many or as few hours as you can. The crews will be there from 9 AM to 6 PM. Snacks, drinks, and lunch provided.
On September 24th, many of us from Prince of Peace, Mark Snyder (our professional landscaper), family, and friends gathered to help construct the labyrinth. Brush, rocks , and debris were removed and paths were cleared while others laid the bricks out in the prepared pattern on the landscape fabric. The next step involved carefully laying the bricks into mortar. A barbecue picnic was supplied and the weather was perfect.
The next work day is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th between 9:00 – 6:00 and we welcome all to help build our community labyrinth.
The goal for this work phase will be to install the defining lines of the labyrinth circuits. The lines will be brick on a mortar base. The pattern will have been drawn on the ground before the work day begins. Additionally, the main garden spaces need to be defined and the pathways cleared.
1. Brick and Mortar installation:
• moving bricks from pallets to brick layers
• mixing and moving mortar where needed
• laying the brick and mortar (B&M)
If you are skilled at brick and mortar installation you will be a big help!
Tools that will be of use:
• joint tools
• levels (12”, 18”, 24”, 48”),
• laser level
• hammer and chisel
• cutting tools
• rubber gloves for mortar work
• additional cement mixer.
We intend to rent one from Home Depot. If someone can pick this up early on the morning of the 24th it will speed things along. A pick up truck may be necessary. We can coordinate the paper work before pickup so you wouldn’t have to bother with that.
2. Garden Space Development:
(less heavy but still demanding job)
• clearing the garden paths of mulch and distributing the mulch to garden beds
• cleaning up and disposing of unwanted debris
Tools that will be of use:
• shovels both round spade and flat
• garden rakes
• large buckets
• pick up truck for hauling materials to dumpster or woods
Food and drink:
It would be wonderful to have cold drinks and lunch and snack food available to the workers. A portable shade structure would also be handy to cover refreshments and provide a place to retreat from the weather, if necessary. We will have a couple of tables and some chairs.
• Friends and family welcome to help.
• Please let Mike Fabian know if you’re coming and talk with him about a possible job for you.
• Please park in the church parking lot.
• Please label any personal items, especially tools. It’s easy to lose them.
• For your own comfort don’t forget gloves, hats, bug spray, sun block.