Summary Paul gets another batch of instructors from last year’s Permaculture Technology Jamboree (Samantha Lewis, Michael Otten, Jim Juczak, and Austin Durant) in to discuss what they did for the event.
Samantha ordered a Mongolian yurt for the PTJ that didn’t manage to arrive in time but was actually made in Mongolia seeing as they were the only ones that made them without added layers of plastic, so it’s going to be used for the next PTJ with an earthen base of Michael and Geoff’s design. The idea is to dig down to make a flat surface and add rocks, gravel, and a finishing layer soil to allow for some drainage and earthen walls to help act as a thermal battery. Easier said than done on that first point, considering the entire area where the yurt is going is made of rock.
They estimate that there’s about 500 things at Paul’s place that really should have a video about them on YouTube and barely enough footage even of the PTJs, so Paul has come up with a scheme in which he pays people around $50 for each minute of provided footage that gets into the movie, plus $100 off of a future ticket to a PTJ. A pretty damn good deal, if you ask me.
James Juczak, author of “The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging” and chief bodger of the PTJ got a nice little selection of smaller jobs, with Paul’s favourite being the roundwood picnic table James’ students made with him. He finds it quite difficult to not glom onto students who ask questions and teach them for hours and instead let them go with enough room and encouragement to learn a love for whatever they do.
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