Update: The plaster hub shown here ultimately failed, not strong enough to withstand use. Have resorted to bold use of hardware instead. Search the blog for "Roof" (upper left corner) for new developments. Thank you for visiting. SN 11/09 Once again, Mike's Unibrain web cam patrol of joy comes to the rescue so I can document today's progress. It takes two to do though. Paul's taking a few semi days-off so was here to hold the webcam while I, back at the computer, took the screen grab. This is the photogenic side of the tree/cottage set. The proportions look just right.
Today I shoved each of the stock roof beams into a face on a small, hexagonal papier mache box at peak. It acts like a hub of a wheel, from which the beams emanate like spokes. It will be prettified with strong papier mache and finished to look like a wood finial with its own finished mini roof, like the topper on a gazebo. It isn't my favorite solution--however, it is indeed necessary to press on without taking a divergence into carpentry in order to craft a perfect compound cut roof peak of glory. It just won't matter in the end whether it's there or not. I'm voting for the film being done instead.
I also stained all the beautiful cedar shingles and beams. I mixed a dilute stain of burnt umber, red and charcoal grey acrylic to get a variety of rich, warm, brick/chocolate tones for the rough hewn wood tiles. Tomorrow, I finish securing the beams, we get a mess of lathing strips to hot glue in place on them. Then it's a shingle mingle fitting each one onto those flat surfaces in proper courses.
Hardwood plank flooring coming soon too.