Building by hand

Much of what we are doing is being built by hand.  Each rock in the gavion is intentionally and carefully placed, so that the tension within the baskets is well-balanced.  The internal structures for the steel columns of the cabins have been tied by hand.    Basically, we are using centuries-old building techniques (using modern materials) to create a low-impact, artisanal project.

 
The rebar columns have been tied by hand. This gives them some seismic sway. The rebar columns will be encased in cement, and a metal plate will be welded at the top, giving them stability.

The rebar columns have been tied by hand. This gives them some seismic sway. The rebar columns will be encased in cement, and a metal plate will be welded at the top, giving them stability.

 

The base of the gavion. They have filled about 40 baskets by hand so far. 130 still to go.

These are called "ice pops". Made out of cement, they act as footers for the rebar, so it is not touching any soil.

These are called "ice pops". Made out of cement, they act as footers for the rebar, so it is not touching any soil.

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Nicole Goldstein