Skye Bahá’í Structure Project
Phase 2 – Construction of the building  

Baha'i Community of Skye Central
Bahá’í Structure Project
at Rubha Phoil in Sleat.

This is a summary version of the original diary produced while the building was being constructed.
The full version with all the pictures can be seen by clicking on "CONSTRUCTION" above.

Saturday, 17th August, 2002
Graham, Sally and Maggie finish the preparation of the site ready for Mike to start putting up the building next week.
(Pictures to follow)

Monday, 19th August, 2002
Our designer / builder arrives on Skye with the sections of the building pre-fabricated ready for erection to start on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 20th August, 2002
Work starts on erecting the structure.

• Mike Smith cutting the last of the foundation posts. (left), and
• The complete floor joist frame with the door frame in situ.

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Wednesday, 21st August, 2002
Floor is laid and wall panels are placed in position

• The back of the building through the trees.
• The walls erected and nearly ready for the roof.

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Today saw the floor laid and the nine wall panels (well, 8 + a door frame really) erected.
A scaffolding platform has been erected ready for putting up the roof trusses and panels.

In the evening the community had a meeting to discuss, among other things, the naming of the building, a dedication ceremony, its use, etc. There were several names suggestions and it was generally agreed that it should be in Gaelic with English and, if possible, other languages included on any signs. Some of the suggestions included "Shiloh" (Place of Peace), "Tigh na Solus" (House of Light), "Tigh na Sith" (House of Peace), "Aite Sith" (Place of Peace), etc. The younger members of the community came up with some excellent suggestions here. Ultimately it will be up to the Assembly to choose the name.
      Other suggestions were to have a gate and/or a rustic archway at the start of the path up to the site, to have a place for a candle in the centre of the building, to build a live willow screen to shield the structure from the house, etc. Also discussed were what signs or notices should be put in place.

Thursday, 22nd August, 2002
Work on the roof structure commences

• Mike and Graham (a member of the Skye Central Bahá'í community).
• Mike puts the fist board into position.
[Photos copyright ©, 2002, Graham Parry, Isle of Skye.]
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Friday, 23rd August, 2002
Work on the roof continues

• Front view from approach path (with umbrellas to keep out the rain).
• The rafters, with enlarged detail of complex "star" joint at peak.
As can be seen, the rains finally arrived. However, the umbrella engendered another idea – why not, later, remove some of the roof timber and replace it with stained glass?
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Saturday, 24th August, 2002
... and work continues on the roof ...

A generally miserable day today which, with the famous Scottish midges, will have slowed down the work a bit.
[Many thanks to Sarah and Liam Stephens for taking the photographs for me.] 
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Sunday, 25th August, 2002
Completion of the shell of the structure

It was a beautiful day today! We are now nearing completion – and, anyway,
Mike and Eileen will have to return to Devon on Tuesday.

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Monday, 26th August, 2002
Another beautiful day today!

Mike spent the day closing up gaps and putting in the "fiddly bits", and the seat round the eight panels.

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Tuesday, 27th August, 2002
Today was Mike's last day this visit. He had hoped to be putting in the beading between the panels before heading off home to Devon at about midday, but time ran out. These last photographs (taken the Sunday after Mike left) represent the end of phase 2, the erection of the building.

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Dear Visitor,
That is the erection of the structure, apart from a few minor details, complete. If you would like to be kept up to date with developments please click here. Thank-you for visiting us.
With best wishes,
Chris Manvell

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