We would like to congratulate Jay and Nanette for coming out to the Severin EarthShip site and learning to pound tires. With their great ambition they helped us to complete 12 tires yesterday which finished off our 4th row of tires. Because of their help we were also able to work on back filling about 40 feet of dirt behind the tires and thermal barrier as well. We are filling in 2 to 3 feet of dirt behind the tires. This gives them support and us a platform to work off of. Jay and Nanette are hard and ambitious helpers. Nanette would like to build a EarthShip of her own some day. Now that she has some experience in pounding and leveling a tire she say's, " I'm really excited about building my own." There is a lot of labor involved in this kind of building. For those that would like to build their own EarthShip I do suggest that you go and get some experience and learn as much as you can. That will tell you weather or not you will still want to do the project once you got it started. We were told from a friend that works with EarthShip in Taos, New Mexico, that 1 out of 30 volunteers that apprentice will build a EarthShip. Nanette even admits that it is going to take longer than she had expected. Time on this kind of project can vary depending on how big of a home one builds, and how many volunteers one can encourage to come and help build.
Our EarthShip is starting to take shape. Our son Arron is on the right standing on top of the backfill. Jay and Nanette is on the left finishing off the 4th row and Allen is behind the thermal barrier adding more dirt to support the insulation.
The tires that are in front of the tires with dirt are what Mary Kay say's, "Is our tire scaffolding." This gets up to the height that we need to help with pounding a tire on the inside of the EarthShip. The tires that we are working with are stiff trailer tires. You can stand on the side of the tire and it will support you. So this works great and is a cheap way to get higher into the air.
Mary Severin writes about her families embarkment on a learning adventure to build an Upcycled Home using Earthship Principals. To find out what these Principals are click on the Earthship Principals link above.