This was our first intern building project that allowed us to learn basic carpentry and have an opportunity to be creative and artistic. Some people finished in a day but others, like me, have been working on and off for about 2 weeks now. One of the main areas I wanted to learn here was carpentry and natural building. So far I've only made a cob oven and straw-bale demonstration wall that was suppose to be a tool shack both at the Program In Community and Agroecology spearheaded by a very wonderful professor, Steve Gleissman. It was one of the Action Research Teams (ARTs) in the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) that I went on to co-organize then chair, and have a life-transforming experience. I can talk on and on about that, so more on that later. The point was that I have pretty much no building experience.
Sam is giving us tips and doing a demonstration on how to saw with an American (push) saw and a Japanese (pull) saw. One thing I learned from him is the use of your thumb to guide the blade.
Everybody busy working....except for Doug. He finished before we started.