Instead of making handthrown pottery mugs for the last week Jimmy J. and a dedicated group of volunteers did indeed build a house with Habitat for Humanity. Pictures and comments from each day were passed along, and I decided to put them all into one blog so that you can see the progress. That clean new Deneen Pottery shirt that Jimmy wore for our shoot before leaving has changed… You’ll see that transformation in the pictures and text below.
Thankfulness, gratitude, and pride are all felt about this project that Jimmy was a part of. We are pleased that he made it back and is now focusing on making your stoneware mugs, and crocks, and pitchers, and etc.
Peter Deneen was kind to send along a box of various mugs for everyone to have. Here is a picture of a few of the guys at our first meal at the church with their mugs. Handmade pottery mugs are lots more fun than plastic cups!
There is a boardwalk near church that skirts a waterway called “Gator Alley”. Naturally it’s full of gators. I saw a little girl kick off her shoe and it fell down into the water. No one wanted to go fetch it for her.
Tuesday morning and it’s already pretty hot out. My Deneen Pottery Shirt is getting a workout! We are about to start on the roof sheathing. Besides being wind resistant this house will be very energy efficient. The sheathing is foil backed for a first step in that direction.
A lull in the action. On the left is Wayne, who is one of our bus drivers. They could be off fishing but volunteered with us instead. Very generous of them! We hope to get half the house covered today.
The site is cleaned up and we are heading back to the church. Here is a shot of the extensive reinforcements that will keep things together in a hurricane. What’s remarkable is it’s not even finished. More to come on Wednesday.
More reinforcement. Nearly done with this stage. I spent hours up under the roof today fitting 2x4s and pounding up sheathing nails that missed the rafters. No missed nails can remain. I felt like I was in an easy bake oven!
Thursday morning we were up on the roof nailing down two layers of membrane to prepare for the steel roof. I’m glad it’s a single story house. We got at this job bright and early to avoid the heat of the day.
The core values of Deneen Pottery are: Dedication, Team Work, Pride, and Customer Satisfaction… These same values are evident in the work put forth by this courageous group of volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. When you have a talented group of people united in a common goal, amazing things are possible.
Thank you for reading our blog.
Niles Deneen – CEO, Marketing