Reciprocal Frame Ceremonial House – Part 2

Our material for the purlins arrived and we began the next phase of our roof construction. It is long cane that looks like bamboo and comes in about 4 meter lengths. We put in a nail every 15 centimeters all the way up the rafters and wired the cane to it, wrapping them around the roof. This took about 2 days. At the top we had to switch to something more flexible and just pruned some small eucalyptus branches. We had to wait a few days for our grass to arrive which is delivered by Quechua farmers on the backs of two donkeys. Things are going pretty quickly now and we expect to be finished with the grass roof in about 3-4 more days of work. Then it’s on to the artistic details!

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