Island Earthship Build: with Michael Reynolds-Week 1. Day 1. ‘The Mosh Pit’

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‘My Survivor, Island Earthship’ Build with Michael Reynolds

In BC, Canada

A 5 Week Photo Journal by Monica Holy

Mosh pit on Day 1, for'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeDay 1 is a Mosh Pit , for'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

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Even though this is only my second Earthship build with Michael Reynolds, my experience is they always start out with a ‘Mosh Pit’ day of soggy, soggy conditions.

Tire sorting by Earthship interns,  , for'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Earthships always start with recycled tires, and so the sorting of sizes begins for the interns.

Gulf Island Earthship Home, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Foundation for the Earthship is excavated, and leveled, before the interns arrive, so all we have to do is start laying out the tires of the walls. This is the layout for the main house.

Studio Earthship   , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green   Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast   with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

There are two Earthships in this Gulf Island Build, including a small Studio Earthship.

Interns digging for dirt for tires, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Homenterns digging for dirt to fill the tiresEarthship interns having fun, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Interns of course do the manual labour on the site, but we make sure we have fun while we learn…

Mosh pit days are filled with mud, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green   Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast   with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeMany tires and a lot of measuring  , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green   Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast   with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

…and Michael Reynold’s crew are great teachers.

Gulf Isand Earthship build needs to be tarped for rain  , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green   Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast   with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Even though the sun peaked out to tease us, the locals insist the ‘rain is coming’ …so each night we will need to tarp the site.

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Image Credits: Monica Holy

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7 comments on “Island Earthship Build: with Michael Reynolds-Week 1. Day 1. ‘The Mosh Pit’

  1. Have fun, Monica! No Nikki this time????

  2. Carolyn Long on said:

    Love Babe. It looks like you are having a blast!!!!

  3. Monica & Nikki on said:

    Hopefully Nikki’s joining me as soon as the weather gets better, she had to take care of business at home first. Everyone on the crew has been asking when she’d be joining us!

  4. Jessica on said:

    Great Pics !!:) Where is the one of everyone sitting in front of the studio the last day??

  5. Monica & Nikki on said:

    Thanks! …lol…the final photo will appear on…the final post! Week 5 was one of chaotic activity beyond the work day. I’m now catching up on the last few days from this incredible experience. Also check back for Week 5′s Wednesday June 22 post, as that’s the day the photo was actually taken. People were already prepping to leave over the course of the week, and I wanted to nab the ‘final group photo’ before too many people were absent. Cheers!

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