I thought it had been quite a while since we had a nice meaty earthship post, so this one should make up for that. On Saturday morning (Jun 22nd) we headed over to the Martin earthship to help out with their final course of tires. We have been there a few times before, helping out with tires and pack-out, but we missed all of last year and they have made really good progress since we last visited.
In fact, they’re almost finished their last course of tires, so they organized a “Last Tire” volunteer day.
This was the site that greeted us when we arrived. You can see the tire walls are quite high now.
Here is a closer look. You can count nine courses of tires there, which is the total number that they need. Alas, not all of the tires for the last course had been completed, so that’s where we came in.
This is a small cold storage room they added to their design. They painted the tires so people could sign their names on them, those of us who have come by to help out.
The short wall in the front is also complete. That’s the wall the south facing glass is going to sit on.
Going around the back, you can see where they have started their thermal wrap. That will eventually be brought up to the height of the wall and incorporated into the berm.
They have also acquired four large cisterns which will also need to be put in place at the back. These will also be buried by the berm and will hold all of the water that will be caught off the roof.
Standing up above, this shot looks into what will be the interior of the earthship. There is Kat in her pink Earthship Academy t-shirt looking on.
This was a divider wall and was where we were working. Kat decided to get up on the wall and just start pounding tires.
Here you can see her in action.
At some point early on, I was caught stuffing cardboard into tires that were to be filled.
Unfortunately we were only able to stay there for the morning as we had other obligations in the afternoon. And despite all of the incessant chatting (cause, ya know, you can’t get a bunch of earthshippers together without there being lots to talk about) we did get about 3.5 tires filled and pounded. We also got to meet some people who were interested in building an earthship and another couple who already have and have been living in it for about eight years now. It’s always great to go out to these volunteer days just to meet and talk with like minded people.
After the last course of tires, there comes some concrete work for the bond beam and then they will start framing it for the glass. Congratulations to Jay and Erin for finishing the tires and moving on to the next stage. Perhaps if they have another volunteer day this summer we might head down again.