Building stairs from scratch is not easy, especially if you’re using wood you’ve harvested, along with other milled wood – and all of it hard.
I had been correct about expecting a long work stoppage after Ohpensa. It turned out to be the second longest in the year and a half that we’ve been building: two months.
When Lott and Naht came back briefly around Christmas time, they resumed work on the stairs pad and began shaping the main support beams (stringers) and steps (treds). The stringers are made of teak (mae sot) and the steps are made of mae doo – both woods we cut from our farms.
Mae sot is a protected wood in
, so in order to cut it –
even if you own the trees – you have to get permission from the government.
Even when you get the go-ahead, you are limited to the amount you can cut in a
given time. All the main support posts and the stairs stringers are teak from
eleven of our trees. Other teak, for the walls, ceilings and railings, were
purchased. We just couldn’t cut enough of our own wood to cover all our needs. Thailand
(Mae Doo tred in-process)