Sketches from Week 25 (Aug 26 - Sep 1, 2013)

Meet your Makers just published this amazing video of Bamboo DNA and published it on their site and Vimeo… see it here!

Jan B., a Londoner whom we I met during the BOOM festival build in 2012, showed up on Monday night and got right to work on Tuesday, helping Satchel coat the Baby Gold’s body parts with linseed resin. This resin is an ecologically sensitive replacement for the nasty epoxy and polyester resins, which are very good at emitting gases which can kill you slowly over time :( Linseed resin is applied in dark shaded environments and dries in about 20 minutes when exposed to direct sunlight. Voila! I’ve been using it for everything from coating the shower pans to make them waterproof to reinforcing bugaboo leg joints in a fiberglass/linseed resin matrix.

The loadout for Symbiosis festival is next Monday… NO! YES! With Geronimo, Jan and Satchel’s help, we’ve been cutting up some of the huge shade sails into smaller pieces while Wayne in LA will seam them and sew in the eyeloops. I want to create a patchwork mosaic for the 96’ x 120’ area of the Cove stage that needs shade. Should look pretty awesome, if the tiny test we did for the Fermentation Festival was any clue…

Jan and I headed down to San Diego on Wed morning after meeting Diane and Danny at their house and installing the gate to their Kinkakuji Japanese fence. We didn’t actually put the finishing touches on it until Saturday but then we got to admire a few beautiful pieces of Japanese bamboo basketry and ceramics they had collected in their house over the years…

Visited Andrea in San Diego, who works at a small architectural firm called Design Opera near downtown… she volunteered with Bamboo DNA at Lightning-in-a-Bottle and we’ve stayed in touch since.. Another great one! She said Shane the Irishman (with whom she teamed up with during the build) made her laugh because he was so serious and focused during the build but then became very silly during the festival … heh… Shane… love you, buddy! Speared a calico bass in your honor on Thursday, which Jan’s family cooked up wonderfully. I don’t think they’d ever sampled the local pescados…

Almost forgot to mention that 40 Pomona College students descended on Orella Ranch this past Tuesday to learn about our way of life… heh… so after giving them a brief tour we put them to work! Guner took 20 students to his contour-strip tree plantation and I took another 20 to help me spread mulch around the base of all the bamboo plants. We got a lot done and got pretty dirty :)

Tomorrow is Labor Day... and yes, we will labor...