Ahoy maties! We're building an impractical 3-sides platform (now with crow's nest)! This page documents our progress.
Designer: Kipp McMichael Builders: Kipp McMichael, Trea Kines, Jean-Claude Breach
UPDATE: We done got granted! Thanks to the sponsors of Ephemerisle for giving us some cash to help pay for the platform. Their help is allowing us to build an even better platform than we originally proposed.
- Version 1 - Our Grant Proposal plans
Notes: We realized after submitting our proposal that we probly over-planned some of the platform. The main beams likely didn't need to be 4-ply - so we are reducing the wood used to build the platform. Trea also had the bright idea to build a crow's nest too so we have a little perspective on the festival.
Home Depot is our friend: cheap wood, cheap PVC pipe, cheap fasteners, and cheap powertools!
Ebay and the internet are also our friend:
- We were able to get the exercise balls for $10 a piece. And they're all a cool shiny graphite color.
- We were able to source the PVC fittings online for about 1/3 the price of our local hardware store.
- Artwork aids in the form of blacklight LEDs and batteries for nighttime fun.
Day 1: Jean Claude and Kipp start the platform and the buoyancy cubes
So we got the 2"x6"x16' boards for the main struts of the platform as well as the PVC necessary to build the cubes that will hold our buoyancy exercise balls captive. So day 1 involved drilling and bolting the 12 boards into 3 struts and cutting 144 PVC segments.