Monthly Archives: August 2012

Anker Church Building

Near the end of each month I start to check one of my favorite websites to see when it gets updated. My friend George Hardy always posts pictures of a new Ankerstein building on his website each month. This month the picture comes from a builder in Alaska and is of a German City Gate.

You may remember the post I wrote earlier this month titled Town Gate. Here is the Town Gate that I built.

Ankerstein Town Gate - Anchor Blocks

Town Gate – NF14

This town gate is very small compared to the one featured on George’s website, but it also uses a lot less blocks.

Wait, isn’t the title of this post Anker Church Building? Oh, I guess I better get to the subject. But first I want to share a smaller church building that is built with only one box of stones.

Ankerstein Chapel - Anchor Blocks

Small Chapel – NF6

I featured this Small Chapel in my first post about Ankerstein building blocks. If you want to learn more about how the Ankerstein system works you can read about it there.

So, now to the Anker Church Building that is the subject of the post :-).

Anker Church Building - Anchor Stones

Large Parish Church – NF16

This building is built with set NF16, which has six boxes of blocks. In the plan book, this building is titled: Large Parish Church. You can see that there is much more detail in this building as the stones get smaller and smaller as you use more boxes. They also come in a larger variety of shapes. If you look closely you can also see stones in this building that were not used in the Town Gate, which only used five boxes of blocks.

Anker Wooden Window - Anchor Stones

Wooden Rosette

Since I built this building I have acquired a set of wooden windows that can be used to dress up the construction. The next time that I build this church building I will make sure that I use them.

I enjoy building with Ankerstein. It can be very relaxing and you can easily lose track of time.

When building this church building, I had good memories of traveling in Germany where you see many historic church buildings. They have many different architectural styles. The plan books for Ankerstein also have many different varieties as well.

I hope you enjoy this look into building with Ankerstein.

Now off to start packing for my vacation!

Steven

Yellow Flowers

A quick post today as I am decompressing after teaching an eight day course. I was looking through pictures trying to find something that caught my eye. I found two pictures, one close to home and one from half-way around the world.

The first picture was taken just down the street from my house.

Yellow Daisies - Flowers

Yellow Daisies

These beautiful daisies caught my eye when I was out for a walk and I just had to stop and take a picture. I thought about trying to determine exactly what species of daisy these were. But, decided that it might be a daunting task as there are more than 23,000 species in the Asteraceae family. I decided that it is best in this case to just enjoy these beautiful yellow daisies :-).

The second picture was taken near Bangalore, India.

Canna Indica - Yellow Flower - India

Canna Indica

This beautiful Canna indica was growing in one of the gardens surrounding the hotel where I was staying while conducting training for our engineers in India. There are several varieties of Canna indica, I think that this one is Canna indica maculata cannaceae. I really like the contrast between the yellow and red in this bloom. I really enjoyed walking through the garden each day and enjoying these beautiful flowers. One of the things that I always enjoy when visiting India is the vibrant colors, not only in nature but also in the clothes that the people wear. Seeing this flower brings back many memories of my trips to India.

I hope you enjoy these yellow blooms. What is your favorite yellow flower? I may have a picture of one to share with you.

Steven