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Last time I visited Wheaton Labs (Summer of 2017), I took measurements of the wofati.
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I am curious, or interested to know. How is this Wofati going right now? And what are the future plans for it?
 
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Cooper Cabin is slated to be a top priority next summer.  

Right now, one of the pod people is a diesel mechanic and he is shuffling his life to pop out for a few days and get the millennium falcon running - so we can move more subsoil to the site for fully covering the umbrella when it is in place.

All of our projects are deeply rooted in how many people are in the bootcamp and coin.   The more boots and coin, the sooner we can wrap up projects.   There have been a few times we had the coin to hire professionals, but the pros were booked for more than a year out.  One time we did find a pro and hired him, only he turned out to not be a pro.

Frankly, I think it all comes down to the bootcamp.   With lots of boots, our projects move forward.  

https://permies.com/wiki/bootcamp

For folks that wanna see an improved forward velocity with the bootcamp, I would like to suggest supporting the BRK with coin or a care package:

https://permies.com/wiki/114138/permaculture-projects/special-BRK-permaculture-bootcamp



 
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I understand, Paul. The boots are very important people! Good boots do a lot of work. When they show their work on photos / video we all can see the improvements made possible by their work. That's why there is the BRK, so we can offer them rewards.
 
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I also think that when the boots have been here for a year, their overall forward velocity is three times more than somebody that has been here for just a few weeks.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:I also think that when the boots have been here for a year, their overall forward velocity is three times more than somebody that has been here for just a few weeks.



This is so true. I have seen this with a lot of missionary work in foreign countries. In the shorter 2 week programs what I have noticed is that the missionaries really do not do much work, but rather take in a new world. That has merit for sure. It is great that American's can see the way second and third world countries live. But the real work gets done on the 3 month or longer missionary trips.

I am so sure this is the same way with your boot camp. None of it is bad, just longer tenure being more productive.

As for professionals, I can attest to that. I was a certified welder so I saw that all the time. I have realized, the more people talk about what they can do, the less skilled they are. This is especially true in the blue collar trades because I can brag all I want about welding, plumbing, or carpentry, but just as soon as I start working, it is going to be apparent on whether or not I can really do all I say. In welding, the best welders were pretty quiet.

Test me on this. If you need to pay for a professional, hire one that does not boast about their skills, or possibly one that does, and see which one ends up doing a better job.

Note too that I am saying that gender-neutral. In welding women are far better welders than men...even better than me...because their dexterity skills are so much better. I tend to hire women for my contracted work, and I have always been rewarded with some of the best in their field because of it. My forester is a perfect example...an excellent, excellent forester.
 
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Can the Wofati incorporate rammed earth blocks: CEBs and earthen floors & wall plasters? Also, does there have to be a synthetic moisture barrier on the sides and even the roof? What if there was gravel or small stones pushed up against the outside of the building and buried.  The little rocks would then allow the droplets to migrate downward and away from the building maybe? I'm not a builder.
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