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West Cocoon Warehouse Conservation Work (5)

While being removed, every roof tile undergoes a sound check by tapping them in order to judge if they can be reused of not. We reuse original tile as much as possible, but the tiles lacking are replaced by new ones according to a mold made from existing roof tiles. You can see this process on these pictures.
The dumwaiter located approximately at the center of the building was used for cocoons transportaton until the mill stopped operating (package dedicated elevator / Installed in 1971). As this equipment is related to silk-reeling process, we decided to preserve it in-situ on the occasion of current conservation works.
We replaced and repaired the rotten parts of the pillars foot of the porch. Left picture shows the reparing work of the foot, right picture shows the insertion of a new foundation stone.
We removed parts of the porch that has performed rot and replaced them with new material.
When we climbed onto the attic of the Cocon Steel Storeroom (can where cocoons where stored), we discovered a lot of cocoons considered to have been transported there by mouses. (11/12/2017)
We fixed the unevenness of the edge of the eaves.
The doibuki roofing (lay of thin wood slices supporting roof tiles) started from the West side.
The pictures shows hand cut cedar boards being pinned with bamboo nails.
Doibuki roofing work of the Northern part of the roof, which can be seen from the viewing deck, is expected to start in early March.
We will inform you of the progress of the work on this page. Please also come and see it with your own eyes.
It snows around Tomioka Silk Mill as of 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 2. Snow started to accumulate.
Please note that West Cocoon Warehouse Conservation Work Viewing Deck will be closed all day long due to risk of falling snow from the roof.
Doibuki roofing work is progressing smoothly so the West Side work is finished. We have just begun to cover the Southern part of the East Side. Visitors can see the Doibuki roofing work of the Northern part of the East Side from the viewing deck between late February and mid March.
We will inform you of the progress of the work on this page. Please also come and see it with your own eyes. Please also note that there will be no work on undermentioned days :

○Days when work will stop○
・From Friday, March 2 afternoon to Monday 5 in the morning
・From Friday, March 16 afternoon to Mondayt 19 in the morning
※Work may be stopped on certain days according to the progression of work.
Foundation work for structural reinforcement began.
In order to protect underground remains as part of the historical site, protective sheet is laid when pouring concrete into foundation. Thus the new structure (foundation) used for reiforcement can't damage what is located underneath the ground.
(left picture) The "doi-buki" roofing work is now over. Tile-roofing work, starting from the Southwest side, began at the end of May.
(central picture) Tiles are fixed with copper wire to prevent them from falling. This technique didn't exist at the time of construction.
(right picture) We made a model to clearly show the original specifications of the roof (the groundwork and tile roofing methods). You can see it inside the construction work viewing deck.
The steel frames that will be installed under the ground of the 1st floor have been delivered and assembling could start.
Tile-roofing work started from South-Western angle corner.
Craftsmen place the tiles carefully one by one.
The first-floor temporary scaffold constructed inside was dismantled, and the inside became able to foresee.
We will construct facilities and floor under floor from now on.
(2018/10/15 update)
Ridge-end tile taken down for repair of roof in February, 2016 was put up again on roof.
Photograph is state of construction of ridge-end tile of the south side.
(2018/11/5 update)