Is this real life?

The past three days we have been working so hard to get this project done. Some of us even showed up to the woodshop at 6:00 in the morning. I am so happy to say that everyone’s efforts have finally paid off. This semester has been exciting, challenging and at some points disappointing. Despite many setbacks, everyone still remained … Continue reading

“Failure is Simply the Opportunity to Begin Again, This Time More Intelligently “

After a series of disappointments in the past few weeks, we made great strides today toward completing our Pulse Dome project. The bamboo bridge will now have supports to keep it from twisting and to ensure that it will hold the weight of any live load that may occupy the space.  These supports are designed … Continue reading

“You succeed only when you stop failing.”

Over the past few weeks we have hit a lot of walls while building the dome.                     We started building by measuring and marking every piece of bamboo and then put them into the metal ring. The first issue we ran into was that 5 of … Continue reading

Back to the Drawing Board

So here we are back from break and we have quite a few decisions to make concerning the project. Considering we still can not build in Marion Square due to the issue with the Washington Light Infantry, our class has had to figure out where we could place our project for display. That isn’t our only issue … Continue reading

Bamboo Bustless

Lately we have been having trouble with the bamboo breaking while in construction of the dome.  The problem occurs when we have to lash two or more pieces of bamboo together in order to get the proper length.  The bamboo, when bent and continuously stressed would break where the overlapping bamboo terminated.  The decision was … Continue reading

Learn and Lash

Today a Charleston City official informed us that we would not be able to build our dome on the fountain in Marion Square. Here are the details… We went through the right process to get everything approved. We kept some Committee officials informed through the entire process by meeting with them on many different occasions … Continue reading

Back to the old lashing board

As we wrap up this Friday it feels a little strange because it reminds me of Monday, and no one likes Mondays.  The reason this is so is because we are back to where we were on Monday, which was starting to lash on the decking to the truss because we had to postpone instal … Continue reading

A Cold Day

Today the weather just did not seem to want to cooperate.  It rained off and on pretty much the whole day not to mention it was about 50 degrees.  The weather did not hinder our progress too much however because we had a couple loose ends we needed to tie up.  Individual pieces of the … Continue reading

Clutch Time!

The team began early this morning finishing up on the second truss that we had to reconstruct. Today seemed very clutch. As its been stated in the previous posts our extension has been pushed back a couple of days, therefore that gives us a little time to further test the materials to make sure we … Continue reading

Mixed Emotions

  Well yesterday felt like the biggest setback we’ve come across. But we have to move forward! I feel like everyone has a share of mixed emotions; some are frustration, sleepiness, and excitement. We are all still excited to build this and get this project done. But I also feel a physical, emotional, and mental … Continue reading