OUR Builders Report February 2014
Wow, the holidays have come and gone and the soft opening of the Eatery was a success, hosting OUR annual Advent Festival! Heading into 2014 we’re pinning down the details and the schedule for the upcoming building season. Our friend Pat Hennebery (Cobworks & a Cob father) is in Mexico until early April instructing a cobbing workshop in the sun. Designs for this year’s projects are well underway so we can have things ready for when Pat returns to help lead the two and four-week Natural Building Extravaganza Internship. Also underway is general maintenance & garden love so that we’re ready for the spring i.e. green houses, beds, fencing, planting, arbors and gates etc.
We have Trent Berg back on site to mentor and work with a new welding apprentice Corrie Kessler. Together they will be doing the custom cutting and welding of the Eatery brackets and hardware. They will also be taking on replacing and repairing the bucket of the Skidsteer to help us get ready for BobCob and site maintenance. We are pleased to announce a new building/learner/teacher on site, his name is Cesar San Jose and he is from the south of Spain with his beautiful partner Jennifer (not that you’re not beautiful Cesar!). Cesar loves woodworking and custom details he is a great asset to the village on so many levels.
One of his first projects is going to be installing knee braces in the Eatery, as well as taking on the remaining windows in the community commons.In February we host the Community Farm Round Table so, we’re on a push to get the upstairs dorm space ready with electrical, salvaged insulation and drywall going up. We intend to get the walls and ceiling plastered with the help of Lynnette Horning who is a returning natural building intern will be coming back as part of OUR team with the Role of Ecological Community Assistant.
OUR end goal with this work is to have indoor accommodations for students and teachers even in the coldest seasons. The village is always looking for volunteers to lend a hand.
There’s lots happening so drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250 743-3067 and come help us create momentum.
Building & site lead, Chad Babcock