How to calculate with your bra

Old wood coming down

Old wood coming down

lots of be-hives but empty luckily!

lots of be-hives but empty luckily!

The Smyg vinkel and measuring rod

The Smyg vinkel and measuring rod

Yesterday I took the wind boards (or whatever they are called in English?) down from the front of the barn. They were hanging loose so I thought it better to take them down than having them fall on my head. Most of it was completely rotten, dust, wood and rusty nails rained down. So far I’ve done everything on my own but now I’ve actually asked for help. This weekend some friends will come out and help me finish building the gallery in exchange for food and gratitude. So I want the new wind boards to be cut and painted before then. Luckily my neighbour came by and told me to ask his sons to lend me a “smyg vinkel”, gosh I learned so many new words and ways yesterday. I knocked on the door to the smith workshop, well actually out here no one knocks, they barge in and shout hello! He showed me a very easy way to measure an angle, where the boards meet in an angle, using a measuring rod and a spirit level. He also lent me the “smyg vinkel” that his dad had made 50 years ago and gave me a lesson in how to calculate the area of a triangle. Now I will always think of my bra whenever I see a triangle. Apparently you take the base times the hight and divide in two. In Swedish a bra is called BH= base/hight and 2 boobs. I measured and cut the boards and hopefully I’ll have time to paint them before Saturday. Ages ago I ordered old fashioned lightbulbs and fittings from Hongkong and now they arrived. I put some of them together and hung in the barn just to see how it will look eventually, pretty cool I think! The plan is to have spotlights for the pictures but have 6-10 lights hanging in various hight from the ceiling. I will of course have an electrician look it over at some point to make sure the barn won’t burn down. Oh and another thing I learnt of my 95 year old neighbour is that “there’s nothing like an old house and a young woman to keep you busy”.

My homemade lights

My homemade lights

3 thoughts on “How to calculate with your bra

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