The second week of Factor e Farm’s Summer of Extreme Design-Build ended with final preparations for the upcoming CEB Press workshop in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and continued work on several other projects.
As usual, Founding Director Marcin Jakubowski and the interns used Friday’s morning meeting to review progress from the day before and discuss issues they had.
Following lunch, the interns split off into groups and continued work on different projects.
Jeff Adams, Graham Coffman, Sam Turner, Brenna Fitzpatrick and Guillaume Coudray almost finished installing the side-panelling on the sides of the Solar Hut. Sam also continued planting trees outside the MicroHouse with Katerina, Marcin’s wife.
Though still smoothing out some of the same problems they’ve been dealing with all week, they managed to print out one male bushing holder large enough to use for the CEB Press they’re building at this week’s workshop.
Marcin took the interns to the workshop for a welding lesson at the end of the day on Friday. A lot of the interns found their first time welding surprisingly easy.
“It was much more straightforward than I thought it would be,” Graham said.
The interns will be using what they learned from the welding lesson this week, while helping those attending the workshop assemble version 6 of OSE’s CEB Press.
On Saturday several interns went on a trip that Emily organized to the Dancing Rabbit, an ecovillage in Missouri about three hours east of Factor e Farm. At 1 p.m. they partook in a workshop titled “Intro to Natural Building.”
“We stepped in cow manure, mixed it with clay and sand,” Guillaime said. “It was funny. And then we put it on the walls.”
Victor Macul also arrived Saturday from Brazil and will be staying as an intern through October. As a masters student at Universidade de São Paulo in product development management.
He is writing a thesis on “how to help people to understand the design process in the context of open source collaboration that we use here,” using OSE as a case study.