The required wood for finishing the jetty came from Cornwall with their usual speed - next day if you order in the morning - and I got all the top planking completed. I am leaving the end to finish when the jetty is set in place. ...and it's a dead one of that. I took it outside to trim off the ends of the cross beams which would foul the scenic treatment behind the jetty. I now had to turn to the scenic treatment around the jetty as well as at the other end of the layout around the float transfer bridge. Mickoo's suggestion of a lock at the float transfer area got me looking at typical US lock construction and I came up with examples from the Chesapeake and Ohio canal. The first thing that attracted me to this was the stretcher bond using large dressed stone blocks which meant that it could be laid out fairly easily. Also, I had bought a pack of brown/pink DAS by mistake, so the use of a reddish stone is quite appropriate. Note also the repairs using brick courses on the second picture which gives an opportunity to add a bit of variety. The back story for the jetty area is that there was an original, stone-built jetty in place when the area was developed to cope with ore deliveries and a new wooden jetty was built in front of the old stone one. So my venture into scenic treatments will start with the face of the old stone jetty which will be mostly hidden by the wooden jetty, so mistakes and less than perfect craftsmanship will be well hidden. I have started by rolling out the DAS to be about 2mm thick and sticking it to a strip of 4mm play backing using PVA glue. I then started marking out the stone courses. The first markings are done using a Stanley blade, a rule and a square. I then use and old dart to open out the marked made by the blade and I do this freehand so that the lines lose a bit of the straight and square look from the blade using the square and rule. I'm also trying digging out the mortar courses just a bit deeper using the Olfa cutter. The next job will be to seal the DAS using matt varnish which, I hope, is winging its way to me at the moment. After that I'll do the mortar courses using Yorkshire Dave's methods and then, possibly, start a fair bit of dry brushing to weather it. If this works, then I'll start the lock construction at the other end of the layout. Jim.