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I am not sure what construction of the walls in Bruce's house are, but they are not exposed plywood. Every surface is stucco and thicker than a plywood wall would be. Perhaps Rood would be the best source of information on this house?
The Archilogic digital model video, flawed but useful, is not in evidence online now.
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I do believe Jester has more descendants---all of them on paper only---than any other Wright design. Maginel Barney runs a distant second---unless I'm forgetting another multiple. No two of the hemicycles is really the twin of another . . .
Most of the construction was done by a three-man team of hired workmen, who usually worked for the Foundation. One summer day, when they happened to be at Taliesin West, the men's locker room caught fire. The small group of people in residence at the time tried to put the fire out ... but there was no water pressure in the hoses. As the source of water was the Fellowship pool (not the triangular pool), one of those three workmen dove into the pool, where he found a sheet of paper at the bottom of the pool, covering the outlet.
Talked with Fred Butters today about finishing the exterior.
The only exterior finish they have done are the skylights and the long parapet for the deck.
They dismantled the deck, and installed new framing.
They stripped the wood planks and used Sikkens Cetol 1 as the base coat and Sikkens Cetol 23 for the top coats.
Butters says Sikkens is a very tough but very finicky product to use. It sets up fast.
You have to know how to use a brush.
Looks like PPG has bought Sikkens/Cetol for sales in North America:
https://www.twincreeksloghomes.com/blog ... ns-to-you/
Hmm... something I've resisted doing for decades. Indeed, Indira recently begged me (again) to finally submit something for the record. And ... some want a tell-all book, while others say for God's-sake please don't! It was for the latter reason that I refused to be interviewed for the book on the Fellowship, and for other book projects. Maybe if I live long enough everyone with any qualms about reading about themselves will be dead ... because I don't like to self-censor myself. I'm not afraid of embarrassing myself, either. If I ever did sit down to write something about life in the Fellowship, I'd try to be perfectly honest. Unfortunately, a book of anecdotes simply wouldn't do.
Another fact is that no two experiences at Talesin were identical---by a long shot. Everybody who was there has a unique perspective on the thing, and thus is a priceless resource.
And, there's no law that says you only get one crack at it. Not to draw comparisons, but E Tafel published two memoirs--the first his personal scrapbook of time spent with Mr Wright and (F)ellows, the second a collection of thoughts and memories contributed by friends and colleagues.
Anecdotes now, the nitty-gritty later ? You could agree to be interviewed---in a whisper . . .