Attaching the stairs to the wall according to ISO 9000 Quality assurance manual (Georgian version).
      Six steps
for Jujuna.

Text and photo
Eistein Guldseth, 2008
    Engineering stage.  
THE PROJECT WAS more than ripe. After 3 years of planning and discussions somebody finally could tell Jujuna that she was going to get new stairs. The original stairs had gradually been reduced to a dangerous wiggling piece of rotten wood. It seemed natural for everybody that I, with my extensive experience from engineering of oil rigs in the North Sea designed it. So I went to Jujuna’s, Badri’s moms
house to take some measurements in order to create construction sketches. That led to a lot of amusement among the “natives”: “So much trouble for a stair?” I didn’t take notice of it of course, but reminded Badri of his construction of the wiggly hen house.

The construction.
The challenge was to construct it based on the materials available in Badri’s cellar. According to my calculations there should be 7 steps, but resistance among the native population led to a reduction to six. Reuse and creative cutting of the materials was therefore needed. The angle would be crucial, as six steps spread out on a narrow angle would present a rather long distance between the footboards. A wide angle would present the problem with footboard height. Since the decision was democratic and taken on basis of available materials, there had to be a compromise between the two evils. It ought to be sufficient as long as she could support her self by a railing going up and down.

Then there was the question of building it.
My native carpenters had to be encouraged frequently in order to perform their assignments satisfactory. Badri, as the bureaucrat he has always been, felt more comfortable administrating the team. Kote has a father who is a well known carpenter, and clearly had something to prove. Then we had Badri’s 16 year old nephew Vasha which didn’t think much of himself as a carpenter in the beginning, but acted like a pro after a couple of hours of hammering and cutting. 5 Hours later a solid Norwegian construction based on experiences from the harsh North Sea environment, if I may say, emerged in front of Jujuna’s doorstep.

But it should have been 7 steps. No doubt about that.

Erection and final attachment.

Pre-cut at Badris dacha.


Prefabrication of elements at Badris dacha.

Assembly of prefabricated elements on the Jujuna site.