Today was spent on site at a residential project in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. This is a massive house and the largest one that I’ve ever been involved with. There must have been two dozen trades people representing the U.S., Mexico, Jamaica and Poland working on this project. All of them must be well respected and it shows through the work in the house.
I’ve never seen so much custom mill work. Every room seemed to be covered with complex and beautiful oak or maple. Overall, it’s very impressive, but I cannot imagine living in such a large house.
The project at hand is installing the complicated and heavy cornice piece that I casted several times the week before. I assisted the installer, Ramon, and have learned quite a bit in the first day alone. Though, proficient and highly qualified as he is, I can already tell that these pieces are going to take longer than expected. It’s not because Ramon is slow or that I’m slowing him down, but the sheer magnitude of the overweight pieces takes some extra handling and care.
The cornice is first going to be installed in the hallway that connects the parlor with the library. It’s approximately 30′ long and 7′ wide. Unfortunately, one of the obstacles in installing this piece is that no blueprints or dimensions were available when we started the job. I was told that we are normally given such numbers, but we started installing nonetheless because we knew it was going to take a while.
Screws and a substance similar to Liquid Nails were used to install the pieces. That’s it! I thought a series of hanging bolts or burlap and plaster would be used, but it was much simpler than that. I’m anxious to see the complete cornice in place.