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Burner encounter

14 July, 2010

Dome construction, it turns out, requires tools and techniques that your average nerd doesn’t have. So Charlie secured the help of Bob, Dublin’s geodesic dome expert, who ordered our EMT and invited us to use his workshop. Awesome.

I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, but it probably wasn’t the guy who jumped out of the Hilux to greet us. Bob has long wild hair that looks like it might dread itself at any moment, tattoos under the sleeves of his tie-dyed t-shirt, lots of piercings and a big grin. This, says Charlie, is all perfectly normal for a Burner…

This photo doesn't quite capture the noise and vibration of the sabre saw. Or the casual way Bob was handling it.

Bob, Mark and Charlie

Bob, his friend Mark, Charlie, Eoghan and I spent the evening sawing through 6m lengths of conduit with the frankly terrifying sabre saw, for his dome and our dome. I have to admit, I was starting to wonder whether this project was going to work out, but now we have two bags of A-struts and B-struts in Charlie’s bikeroom, ready to be flattened, drilled, finished and assembled into a 2.1m high dome. Squeee 😀

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