I missed meeting you; sorry about your dog. Will you return soon?
The very rocky ground protected by a 3' over hang, adding still more rock beneath beneath the plates, and making sure any surface water flows away from the plates will result in a drier piece of wood then one buried in a hole. I could've placed my upright members on large stone but that would require more tractor time than I want to spend.
I am not certain of all of Jeremy's plans. I know he put in a rubble trench foundation.
My bracing will be of the classic V variety. You can see from the plate I've placed uprights every six feet (which is appropiate given their 5 to 7" diameters). Addtionally, there will be two lofts and a two foot shelf at 7' off the ground (done correctly, these will further lock the uprights together).
I see I didn't anwer your inner plates question initially. If you notice the north and south plates have side notches in the middle. The side notches is where I will place an inner plate but that inner plate is for my floor which will tie the plates together east to west.
If the ground sinks, I jack up the plate and insert a rock as needed.
Yeah I plan to return in October for the RMHjamboree; the old dog didn't like this new trick, she wasn't eating or drinking enough and got pretty weak, but once back home she is eating/drinking normally again and has recovered. In October I'll leave her with a dog sitter.
I walked around the lab looking at potential spots to put down my stake, hopefully there's still some space over on the east side of Pascal road, but I'm not sure if certain spots are already taken or if the Ant program gets certain spots and deep roots other spots.
I'm not quite a lumberjack, but that's OK, I sleep all night and I dream all day; I'll coppice trees, I'll grow my food, and compost poo and pee! With a well and off-grid solar, it's a permies life for me! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FshU58nI0Ts
Mark, glad to hear you're persistent about coming. You can see why I was so non-commital when you first posted On Narrow Pond; so many things can happen to change plans. I warm up when people actually show up and manage to stay past 4 months.
Glad your dog is happier.
It is my understanding that if you take the Ant path instead of the Deep Roots path, an Ant can only take a plot inside of Ant Village. It is my understanding that if you choose the Deep Roots path, you can choose plots inside or outside Ant Village.
Paul is the one that should reply to that question because I wanted to help clean up Ant Village by taking a plot there with old structures.
If you are buying into Deep Roots instead of paying with two years, I don't think the rules are any different; please ask Paul for clarification.