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Welcome to Cupola Art, my (soon to be) working studio, gallery, and event space. The wife and I purchased this building a few years back with the glimmerings of some dreams for its use…apparently because I have a somewhat masochistic fascination for buildings with towers on them. It was also…and I quote…”on sale”.

Cupola Art--Working Studio and Evil Headquarters of Daniel Meyer. Clarksville Texas

Currently we are remodeling the building, remodeling the website, remodeling the studio, and sorting through my art pieces with an eye to eliminating inferior pieces.

There has been some interest in the work we are doing to the building which I had been detailing on our Old Vic site. I am now collecting those articles on this site. You can view them all, or pull down the Articles–>Building Projects menu above for particular categories. The work will be ongoing and there’s a LOT to do so keep checking back!

‘Life Is a Road’ books are still available…order them here…and after I sort out a tax/timing issue another in the series will hit the streets. Some art is still available, but the shop is a mess and being worked on slowly…so appointment or via website only for now.

Life Is a Road books can be ordered directly from me (here) or on Amazon or Barnes and Noble websites.

Articles about art works in progress and the like will be posted here, and I’ll fly up a gallery shortly for completed pieces as well as an on-line sales section.

As usual I have grand plans…and as usual they just slightly exceed my grasp. We’ll see how it works out!

Cupola Art
On the Historic Clarksville Square
131 North Locust Street
Clarksville, Texas 75426

Hours:
Currently By Appointment Only. Contact us here.

Latest post:

I touched plumbing…

I touched plumbing…so of course you *know* how it went…it’s all connected ya know…

Missing some of the hardware

Missing some of the hardware

Soo…from THIS post…working on the Mezzanine in prep for installing bathrooms on the 1st floor…I bumped the tank on “The Throne”. It promptly began leaking. A quick glance showed why…whoever installed the tank had no clue what they were doing…they omitted the outside nut on the tank bolts…the ones between the tank and the toilet…the ones that actually create the seal by holding the bolts firmly against the rubber washers IN the tank so they won’t leak…

I turned off the valve at the toilet (at least there was one) and start to remove the tank. As I undo the flexible supply line off the tank…the hard line coming up through the mezzanine deck moves…and far too easily. It’s galvanized iron, so should be quite stiff…and yep…I then hear the tell-tale sound of water leaking. Gah!

*SNAP* says the valve

*SNAP* says the valve

I rushed to the ground floor…there is a valve where the 3/4″ main line comes into the building. I turn it off…it is difficult to turn…and just as I get it all the way off… *SNAP* the entire valve breaks off the main line in my hand. This was somewhat startling…as it is only 50 degrees in the building today and the water was probably colder.

The main line in...

The main line in…

I now have a fully open, 3/4″ 80psi pressurized water line venting into the shop.

Fortunately I know where the meter is and my tools were close at hand. I manage to shut off the water supply without shooting more than a hundred or so gallons of water all over the place.

And, “all over the place” includes bouncing it off the ceiling!

So…that’s it. Enough of this crap. I fire up “Destructor of Worlds” (the Dewalt Sawzall) and I tear out the entire mess. I may still run a PEX line up to The Throne so we can use it until the other bathrooms are in…but there was no sense salvaging anything that was here already and risking (another) flood/shower.

The toilet supply line where it came through the floor

The toilet supply line where it came through the mezzanine floor

How the hell this was NOT leaking before today, I’ll never know.

The toilet supply line

The toilet supply line

This is 1/2″ galvanized line, I’m guessing with 30+ years of corrosion eating it from the outside where it touched the wood mezzanine deck.

Supply line

Supply line

I still can’t figure how this *wasn’t* leaking before today.

For my next trick I’ll probably make old mortar shoot out of the electrical sockets when ya flush “The Throne” or something.

CUAgain,
Daniel (the soaked) Meyer