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riverhouse P1560534 hands palm thatch

From a cybercafe, I am tapping into the archives for images that show the evolution of a palm-thatched structure.     This particular “ramada” adds much-needed shade from the equatorial sun, and it also provides shelter from the rain and mud during the rainy season.

A lot of prep went into the add-on stucture! Each person happily worked at his own task.

Pancho quietly works while his sons construct the bamboo supports.

Pancho quietly works while his sons construct the bamboo supports.

Dear dear Pancho, patriarch of a family of carpenters!

Dear dear Pancho, patriarch of a family of carpenters!

Father and son - Pancho and Juan

Father and son – Pancho and Juan

Knotches in the bamboo.  (They call it canya.)

Knotches in the bamboo. (They call it canya.)

Father and son synchronize!

New family – the roofing specialists:  a 2nd father and son team synchronize!

Where have all the mangroves gone?

(Commercial break: Where have all the mangroves gone?)

riverhouse P1560277 father son pancho y juan

riverhouse P1560323 maestro of canya bamboo

First we painted the house - much easier to do before the ramada was added.  Next came the frame.

First we painted the house – much easier to do before the ramada was added. Next came the frame.

riverhouse P1560509 stretching exercises

I wondered why those were turned up and not down.  Was this an aesthetic choice?

I wondered why those were turned up and not down. Was this an aesthetic choice?

Maestros at work on the 'ramada' at the riverhouse.

Maestros at work on the ‘ramada’ at the riverhouse.

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After the framework was finished, the messy work began!

Maestro Augustine at work!

Maestro Augustine at work!

Where is he going with that thatch?  Yikes! Through the door, across the hand-painted floor, up the steps, around the corner and through the window!!!!

Where is he going with that thatch? Yikes! Through the door, across the hand-painted floor, up the steps, around the corner and through the window!!!!

Recovering from a month-long cough, I was not too happy for the dust bath the thatch gave the house!

Recovering from a month-long cough, I was not too happy for the dust bath the thatch gave the house!

Up the stairs, around the corner, and through the window - Oh!  What a dusty mess!

Up the stairs, around the corner, and through the window – Oh! What a dusty mess!

A bull in a china shop could not do much more damage than this surprise waltz through the house!

A bull in a china shop could not do much more damage than this surprise waltz through the house!

Layers and layers of palm thatch gave the house a shaggy haircut kind of effect!

After a few weeks, the house adjusted to its hair extensions!

After a few weeks, the house adjusted to its hair extensions!

The  weary thatch crew paused after a long day of palm-thatch work!

The weary thatch crew paused after a long day of palm-thatch work!

This past week I repaired a tiny section, and I now have double the respect for those who roof entire houses with this method.  It is a very messy job!  The house continues to evolove, and adding those fun details adds character to the house.

After more details added character, a young lad named the house, Casa Loca!

More layers of paint added character, and a young lad named the house, Casa Loca!  (Thanks, Nicolas!)  The bodega floor “magic carpet” was the next project! (We have a Liftoff!)

More layers (of paint!) will be coming your way for Thursday’s Timeout for Art!  Enjoy other posts about layers at the Weekly Photo Challenge!

P1720827 CASA LOCA sign

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