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Natural Building & appropriate technology’s blog 09

Article 9 of Natural Bldg and Appropriate Tech Internship

Big day today! Bob has finalized the designs of the two sleep-outs and now we are ready to harvest all the wood we need for them. So the program is to spend the whole day harvesting poles. We all put our rain gears, boots and gloves and we checked that the chain saw is running, two bow saws, tap measure and the checklist of the desired timber we need. And here we go! Ready for an other big day in the forest!


The whole crew ready to go! “On the road again”

We divided ourselves into teams, to get the most efficient way of working together. The markers (the one who mark the needed trees), the cutters (obviously the one with the chain saw), the measurer (rules, tap measure and a little bit of math to figure out the length of the trees) and the team I was in the muscles (the one who have to carry all this). We worked really well all together. Each one of us knowing what they have to do our aim was to clean this job in the day.


Tim making the chain saw running!


Chester and Rafa trimming and carrying the wood next to the road.

For this day we brought all our energy and good will to do the biggest amount of work possible and we did pretty well! Testosterones leaching from our body and the sounds of cracking timber surroundings us we were able to do massive amount of physical exercise.

And we are back! We loaded the trailer twice with all the wood and we have all the poles needed for one full sleep-out and more or less half for the other one. Quiet proud of what we did it was not yet finished for the day. The timber being very fresh we put the poles on a big stump to let the sap run out of the trunks. Even if it is only for a few days it is always less moisture inside them. We are fully aware of the fact that the timber needs to be cure and without doing this process it may twist in few months or years. But it is a challenge and it is definitely be a big learning journey for all of us.


The last effort unloading the trailer.


And here we have all the work that we did today! It is a big pile of wood.

We yet have something very important to acknowledge. The trees. Thanks to them humans have been able to build roof over their heads since millennia on all the continents. Thanks to them humans have discovered and use fire. Trees are sacred. They were here before us and will be here after us.

Thank you mother earth for your gifts. Thank you trees for being present. We will make good use of your bodies. May you rest in peace.

Blessed be nature.

~Oscar Morand, 1 March 2013, Natural Building and Appropriate Technology Intern

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