God help us all — we’re working on the set. How we’re doing it: first, Riley Miljan (a good egg, Riley) welded up a skeleton, with clever ways to take it apart; then, we covered it in crappy fibre-glass insulation, to bulk it up; then, the fine people of Beyond Foam Insulation came to the shop — they normally spray foam insulation into the walls of buildings, but they sometimes do this kind of thing too. We covered the shop in plastic sheets, and put on hazmat suits and breathing apparatus, and then their man Jay (champ) sprayed foam all over the thing — did an amazing job. Next, the horrible part — carving and sanding. We’ve been living in a cloud of purple dust for days, and we’ve just about had it. However: we finished that part today. Next is a hard coat, and then paint.
But! The fire mechanism is done! And beautiful. See its first test run in the last photo below. (Clunk Puppet Lab has been helping us build things, and their man Jonathan built the fire. He’s been making his own circuit boards over in a corner of the shop for the past three weeks, and the result is a fire that flickers and grows and dims to embers and smokes and every dang thing a fire does except that this one clears fire code regulations.)