One of the more difficult parts of the whole exercise was the transport of the poles from the shed to the site. As usual (we never learn) we tried to get the tractor but in the end we overloaded our trailer and transported them low range first gear to the parking and carried them from there ourselves.
To put the sections in place was not too difficult. We just floated them out and lifted them onto the supports. We also learned to wear shoes in the water as the mud was impossible to get from under toenails.
With the walkway structure in place it was now time to get an idea how to proceed with the platform.
It took some doing to get it all level and squared up. The scrap planks donated by Aberdare a while ago came in very handy as temporary supports. The front poles are also temporary until the corner poles go in.
Things were going well…
We intended to use reclaimed fence poles and power line poles scorched and replaced after the fire. We even did try to retrieve some from along the N2 but in the end decided that with just the two of us it would take too long and our other work in the nursery and arboretum would suffer too much.
We did manage to use a few pieces though and, thanks to Rob, made most of the walkway with reclaimed poles split in half.
Neil kindly ordered us a bunch of poles and, after some hiccups with delivery, we got them safely in the shed at the nursery and we could figure out how on earth build a jetty.
We first had to determine what the highest water level could be so we took measurements all around the dam to check overflows etc. It was a bit primitive but it worked.
From that we could measure out where to start our walkway and where the supports should be. A lonely post some way out in the dam gave us height and distance.
We used some fence poles donated by Cecil as our template and soon our first support was done. It didn’t look very far from shore and we also realised that the view towards the mountain would be better if we turned the hide somewhat.
And so the kink was born.
In spare moments (were there any?) we also made the steps to go on the walkway by splitting useable sections of burnt fence poles with the chainsaw.