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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:

A New Roof!

Y’all might recall a post a few months back where-in I apparently accidentally challenged Thor to a duel and pretty much everything we own was seriously damaged in a series of severe storms…

Roof peeled and hatch gone.

Roof peeled and hatch gone.

The tally:
Destroyed roof and severe window damage on Cupola Art.
Hail-totaled roof on The Old Vic
Hail-totaled roof, windows, garage door, light-fixtures on The Suburban Blah House.
Totaled Little Rivet (but it’s not insured so I’ll just drive it).
Totaled Big Iron (also not insured)
$10k in damages to Da’ Altima (8 weeks in the shop).

The roof damage on Cupola Art was serious (along with the windows) and despite the tarps, we took a lot of interior damage…something like 640 square feet of ceiling and insulation came down, several light fixtures were damaged, and we lost some furniture and art…and art supplies.

Materials shortages, labor shortages, and the chaos in the industry due to the sheer amount of damage in north Texas area slowed things up a bit…but finally…the good news is starting! We have a roof on The Cupola! Woot!

First…the stuff showed up.

A truckload of "stuff".

A truckload of “stuff”.

A roof kit!

A roof kit!

The expensive part

The expensive part

Then, on the day work was to start…as we were sitting there, dude goes by several times with this on a truck. He looked lost so I flagged him down and said, “That’s for me!”

…and he just GAVE it to me. Ain’t life great!

Flagged him down and said, "That's mine!" and he gave it to me!

Flagged him down and said, “That’s mine!” and he gave it to me!

Very shortly though, the roofers showed up and spoiled my fun. They used the machine to lift huge piles of money on top of my roof.

Moving piles of money around.

Moving piles of money around.

The “thing” now…due to cost and durability, is a pvc barrier over insulation, the insulation fairs the roof deck as well as…well…insulating…it is a structural foam product and is easily firm enough to walk on without damaging.

3-1/2 R-20 insulation.

3-1/2 R-20 insulation.

The foam is screwed down to the existing roof deck with a few thousand big-honkin screws (technical term).

Foam screw/washer

Foam screw/washer

This is a small one.

A seven inch screw. They have bigger ones!

A seven inch screw. They have bigger ones!

The barrier is a PVC product that is 60 mil thick, and reflective white.

The barrier. It's 60 mil PVC.

The barrier. It’s 60 mil PVC.

It is 10′ wide and screwed down with the same large screws used on the insulation and a particular washer that gives some more bite to the product.

The "bitey" washer.

The “bitey” washer.

Step one: Install insulation and fair up roof. (they had various widths and wedges of foam to level things out).

Insulation going down.

Insulation going down.

Next the barrier/TPO went down. It is screwed all along the edge and then the seams are chemically and heat fused. This part went surprisingly fast.

Main covering goes down fast!

Main covering goes down fast!

Then the real work started…terminating all the walls and edges…the TPO is brought up and over the walls and screwed down with metal bars on top. It is heat-formed to the contours of the walls and glued to them. That work is what I call “fiddly bits” and is most often the hard part. This took 8 men the better part of two days to accomplish.

Heat formed and glued up and over the walls.

Heat formed and glued up and over the walls.

One problem this roof has always had was water could stand at the back…and this damages roofing materials. They faired the area with foam and made everything run to the scuppers.

Scuppers and drain slopes nicely faired

Scuppers and drain slopes nicely faired

Woot! Roofage!

Water proof!

Water proof!

The tower has endured decades of minor damage…I have work to do here. It is not leaking. This fall I will get up here and screw everything down, and add flashings to resemble the missing shingles (mostly not visible from the ground).

Tower repair needed...

Tower repair needed…

Somewhere in there I also constructed a new, two-piece roof hatch…much heavier than the last one which was demolished in the storm…and the roofers nicely covered that with TPO…

This is a better roof than has ever been installed on this building…so that is forward progress. R-20 insulation, COMPLETELY water-tight, extensive warranty, reflective white, and best of all…did I mention water-proof?

Brian McCarty of Regency Roofing and Construction, who also did the roof on The Old Vic, was our contractor for this, and I recommend him.

Next…we fix the inside. Ugh.

The first batch of ceiling stuff.

The first batch of ceiling stuff.

CUAgain,
Daniel Meyer