And we’re off!
We have arrived in Moab, Utah! It’s hot, beautiful and desert like.
Since arriving we have spent our time getting to know the interns, our instructor: Eric, his apprentice: Kate, plus of course the queen of metaphors and Community Rebuilds founder/exec. director: Emily Niehaus.
We have an international bunch, coming from as far as Turkey, Denmark, Spain, England, Texas & all over the US.
Once the introductions were over and we had survived a grueling two day ‘team building’ river trip (floating casually down the river enjoying the occasional beer)… It was time to get on with bidness.
This is the trailer that sits on our lot. It has served it’s purpose as budget housing well, but it is no match for a super insulated straw bale house, so now it’s time to go.
With the trailer gone, and the site cleared we headed into the workshop to begin making the roof trusses for the new house.
We spent a day and a half cutting all our truss pieces to length and cutting angles where needed. Then it was time to layout. All the components are inserted into a jig and held in place with metal plates nailed in. This whole process was a great intro to tool safety, how to read plans and got us working together like a super efficient machine.
While the trusses were being constructed, a small team led by expert Francisco were creating the kitchen cabinets.
So that’s it, we’re off. We are 2 days in, and already 1 day ahead (rumors that this is the best ever CR group are being heard around town)
Next week will see us forming and pouring the foundation… Yipee!