Author: Martin Wenzel
Temperature: -6 degrees celcius
Wind Speed: 14 knots
Wind Chill : -20 degrees celcius
About a week ago I started working on fuel storage boxes found around Robert Falcon Scott's expedition hut at Cape Evans. They were used to transport fuel tanks for the motor sledges that turned out to be not very successful in Antarctic conditions. Conserving large numbers of these and other historic boxes which are in all states of disrepair, and come in a variety of styles and conditions, requires a lot of patience. And yet it is still fascinating when boxes have little surprises in store, provide a new structural challenge or show a particular nice piece of wind sculpted timber.
Missing part of a board yesterday, and contemplating how to secure what was left over, I started looking through some debris found around the box. And there it was - clearly the missing piece but looking quite different. The piece attached to the box was weather worn and had lost up to 2mm of thickness through abrasion while the found piece had been protected for a hundred years and looked almost new. Joining them again looked a bit unusual but provided the structural integrity needed. It is only a matter of time until the found piece will adjust its appearance.
Same board, but a different look
One board again.