CCB# 201748
Aprovecho Sustainable Shelter...VBC 2011 - Boise Eliot Market...Clary Rose Cob OvenChip-Slip SaunaRaven OvenStrawbale Wall at the Boom Fe...the Regithe Drop at Boomthe Dance Temple at BoomOther Great Projects at BoomEndlesss Possibilities with B...Rammed Earth ColumnVillage Building Convergence...Cob Loop-de-Loop!HOPES ConferenceUrbanite Retaining Wall at th...My Little Moon LodgeLiving Walls Earth Plaster &...'Living Walls' plaster over a...Natural Building Colloquium 2009Earthdance BambooRainwater Greenhouse - UpdateRainwater Greenhouse - From t...Rainwater Greenhouse ProjectRainwater Greenhouse - Flipbo...Suscol Strawbale - Part 4 Fin...Suscol Strawbale Project - Pa...Suscol Srawbale Project - Part 2Suscol Strawbale Project - Pa...Balifornia Bamboo - Pagodas a...Earthen Sculpture on the Itha...Crane Hill Bio-Char Kiln100-mile Bike Ride through th...West Coast Women's Permacultu...Oasis RemodelBamboo 'Star Scraper' for the...Making of 'the StarScraper'Tales of the Palapa MamaVoyage of the Great A'tuin...Earth & Lime Plasters at Apro...Bio-Char KilnPart 8: Finishing TouchesPart 7: PlasterCob Oven at the Wildflower HomePart 6: ThatchingPart 5: Roof FramingPart 4: Reclaimed Wood FloorPart 3: ArchesPart 2: Making bricks and WallsAdobe Home for Peggy & Jo --...Natural Building Apprenticesh...2009 Natural Building ColloquiumPlasters and Floors at the Ec...EcoNest Straw-ClayTimberframing at EcoNestPermaculture Design Course at...Leo Party at the Laughing HouseLinda's Little HelperBack to Cob CottageMaitreya Cob BenchPoison Oak hurtsCob Cottage Company

Making of 'the StarScraper'

Aerial of our prefab site - can't get any closer to the pacific ocean than this!

Lots of bamboo - mostly dendricalimus and guadua varieties

The main structural columns are made from 7 - 30' poles lashed together.
This is one of the few bamboo structures of it's size ever structurally engineered and approved in the US.

Testing the rigging without heavy machinery.

Loading the stake-bed trucks with all the pieces!

Unloading at the Coachella site

Fabricating the 60' columns on site.

How many men does it take to install an earth anchor?
We had to get these 9 feet deep because the soil here is mostly sand.
Loud. Grueling. Sweaty.
I'll take photographs.

Working late into the night on my birthday.
The best 'cake' I could have ever hoped to see lit up on this day.
With light towers and a Gradall, we can do anything.

The next morning, tweaking the angles

Installing the star-shaped cross bracing

Raising the 'spire', which is equipped with a propane line
and going to shoot fire at night. WOW!

It seems to float above the star

With spandex shade cloth attached!

Upward view

Thanks to the hard-working crew!

Comments

2 Responses to 'Making of 'the StarScraper'' Feed for this Entry
  1. #107016 evalarevolution Apr 23, 2009

    You are an incredible woman and this is a phenomenal project.

    Thanks for teaching me a bit about bamboo construction. I am in awe of this StarScraper and all you did to help make it happen. Can't wait to see you in the Oasis mud next week.

  2. #107018 Ryan Apr 26, 2009

    Great to see all these photos and words up already! Way to go Erica, you really are a natural building rockstar and it was a pleasure working with ya!

    -Ryan

Leave a Reply >
(not published)

bioconstruction & beyond