Pictured on the bottom are rough hewn painted shingles mingling in a big pile. Yesterday, I drilled holes in the bottoms of the beams so they would snuggle over the dowel pegs of the wall panel locks to stay in place. I started sawing the redwood lathing strips down to size to attach them to the solid beams. It's really exciting to see the wooden support structure filling in the roof. These'll act as underment for the cedar shingles, a few seen in preview at top. The roof is engineered to come apart in sections for shooting.
I took the absolute thinnest of the shim shingle pieces and cut them down in even more diminutive scale for the Writing Mouse's chalet, painted them a bit darker chocolate, and began gluing them onto the mini cottage roof, porch cover, and gabled dormer window. I hope to finish the entire chalet soon. It won't be fully fleshed out and featured, inside, etc., until subsequent Halfland stories are filmed.
Now we're getting into illegal levels of fun in creating this world. The cottage(s) are looking so storybook adorable and I'm having a blast working on them. The redwood lathing strips were super inexpensive, only 88¢/8' length, and they cut as easily as butter, even with a dull saw. I didn't think it was possible, but I may love Rana's cottage roof even more than I do the tree! It's the perfect texture detail compliment.
I had a new 1/2L. idea as the roofing was coming together. I'm going to show small, tender, roots growing through the joist slats from sod growing ontop of one side of the house, over the kitchen area.