Don’t Forget the Fish: Part II

Alternative title : Shrimp, grit, and determination . Trying to look at the big picture, last semester’s Clemson Architecture+communityBUILD (A+cB) program taught me the biggest lesson of the critical path – thinking about the work in the sequence required and working on parts that you will need first to allow other people to continue moving … Continue reading

“Work Smarter, Not Harder”

“Work smarter, not harder.”  Sounds like something my father or grandfather would tell me, gently chiding me for making something more complicated than it needs to be and then instructing me on a way to do it better, faster, more accurately – or giving me a better tool to do the job.  That’s another phrase … Continue reading

Rafters Are Up

The Vat Shack is beginning to look like a shack, of sorts. After a week of visually “slow” progress, we’ve started installing the roof. We’re putting in the rafters by bolting them to the posts and nailing them to the ridge beam. We’re having difficulties running the bolts through the posts, but we’re getting it done. … Continue reading

Each Passing Day

With each passing day we continue to gain momentum on the Vat Shack. There is welding that keeps going on, and angle grinding that is still happening everyday.Every day we have at least one part of the Shack that gets finished and put on the trailer. Little by little the Vat Shack progressively is getting … Continue reading

Almost Done with Steel Framing

After classes yesterday, we met up at the shop to work on the project. Yesterday we put in the two ridge beam posts and started putting in the ties that connect the two ridge beam posts to the rest of the framing at the top of the structure. It involved a lot of checking and … Continue reading

Rolling with the Punches

As we move along through this process of building the Indigo Vat Shack we are starting to realize just how far we have come since the beginning stages of designing three months ago. Suddenly, this structure we have been designing is starting to take shape and we are a little over two weeks from the … Continue reading

Supplies Are Coming In

It’s an exciting time at the shop. Pastre has been talking to companies about donating materials for the project, and they are coming in now. We’ve gotten some steel tube, steel angle, and the steel grate. These supplies will be used for the floor foundation and the flooring. We’re using steel tube for the sleepers that … Continue reading

Loose Ends

We’re back from Spring Break with a lot to do before we start building. Last Friday, we realized that we still had a lot of loose ends with our design and our drawings. We decided to stay after studio to finalize our design and understand what we had to do over Spring Break. We developed … Continue reading

T-2

Yesterday, Enough Pie visited us at the wood shop to see how the construction documents were coming. In addition to the construction documents, we also presented the mock ups of the trailer details we had shown. Our papers are now completely covered in red, and we will be working to fix them for Friday when Kevan Hoertdoerfer stops … Continue reading

Beginning Detail Mock-Ups

Our new home, the workshop. Yesterday in studio, we talked about the details we worked on the night before. We sat down with Professor Pastre and discussed what was working and what needed to be changed. Through talking it out with Professor Pastre, we were able to find potential complications with our designs, but at … Continue reading