Photo History2017-11-07T01:59:41+00:00

A brief history in photos  — Page under construction. Please enjoy what we’ve posted so far. Better yet, come have a look, and get barreled!

We brought the BPN to survey the property and record it with the national land office. Now, the land owner has the legal land title, and we have a 60 year lease!

Chop 300m into the jungle

Locals plant coconuts to delineate land boundaries. We chose to go with modern technology.

Bamboo has many uses!

Total 26 hours on Ferry. 2 hours small boat. 8 hours on the island with BPN! We made it back on the morning of the first day of Ramadhan.

Ordering suplies in Padang

We built a bamboo treatment facility in Padang. After we harvest the bamboo in the mountains, it is brought here and boiled for 6 hours in a solution of water, boric acid and borax.

The nodes are pierced w a length of rebar before they are boiled. This process must happen within 72 hours of harvest. Often we work around the clock.

Team work to make the dream work!

Rarely using power tools. “Nothing takes 10 minutes.” Shaving bamboo pegs.

Bamboo dreams coming into focus

We hired a team of Balinese workers to train our guys, and this is the first house!

Draining each node, one by one as the bamboo gets pulled out, then stood up to dry for 3 weeks.

There goes the neighborhood!

Dreaming + planing + doing = REALITY

Cap’n Eric in his natural habitat! getting shacked at Thunders, remembering why we’re doing this!

Sunset in the Mentawai Islands

Keep It Simple Stupid! Loading up to finally move to the Island

Nothing takes 10 minutes

Walked supplies up the beach for 5 hours and it looked like this out front!

Our new home! Just need to chop a little bit!

First night on the island.

How’s this for a welcome home! Pumping on our first morning!

Working quickly! The chopping is the fun part. Gathering, clearing, cleaning takes longer. Moving the rocks and pulling the roots is another story

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Chop. Chop. Chop. Sharpen. Drink water. Repeat.

Sometimes it’s even hotter at night! Chop chop! Surf!! Chop chop! SURF! Burn baby burn! Repeat!

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