Part ISince I can remember I have had the urge to build a house of some description but the years and life can grind away an ambitious child's fancy. so here I am in my early forties and I am about to embark, for better or worse on that fateful voyage.
What better vessel for such an undertaking than an Earthship? Recycling tyres, bottles, cans and yes... Dreams!
|Bamboo huts in Auroville, India|
I first heard about Earthships in December 2011 whilst visiting a place called Auroville in Southern India, I was there participating in a bamboo house building workshop where a Belgian couple (also on the build) told me about Eathships.
|Raising one of the bamboo frame walls|
|Completion of the main framework|
My next encounter after I had read volumes 1, 2 and 3 of the Earthship do it yourself books by Mike Reynolds was in January 2013, this time in Guatemala!
|The author leaning on the greenhouse in Guatemala week 2|
I was an intern on the second Guatemalan Humanitarian Earthship build which went for three weeks, it was here that my body caught up with my mind and heart.
After I pounded my third tyre in Guatemala I started thinking... couldn't we just use bricks?
Feeling a little disenchanted with the whole "let's recycle 600 car tyres" idea I suddenly found myself standing next to Mr Mike Reynolds and he was... you guessed it! pounding a tyre. Racking my brains to come up with something nonchalant to say to the Man, I heard myself proclaim "I can't believe your'e still doing this shit". to which he replied "I don't wanna do anything else, this is all I wanna do".
Well! what could I say to that!? So I picked up a sledgehammer and continued pounding with my Faith restored.
In January 2014 I spent a week in the Adelaide hills helping on earthshipironbank
|Construction at Earthship Ironbank week 2|
In three Weeks time (April 14th, 2014) with the help of some more friends my own build will begin at last!