Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, Vermont offers over 80 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design. Now in its 35th year, Yestermorrow is one of the only design/build schools in the country, teaching both design and construction skills. Our hands-on 1-day to 3-week workshops, certificate programs and semester programs are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country. For people of all ages and experience levels, from novice to professional.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

saving the world one step to the mouldering toilet at a time!

these sustainable stairs are of solely salvaged stuff. we sawed and sanded simultaneously for simple strength. surely these stompin' steps sit securely should you [s]need to shit. show up and see their sassy stringers and sexy slats sometime soon.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Little Cabin, Big Plans!

Progress is slowly being made on the sheathing of the timberframe cabin. We hope to be the group of interns to snag the "completing cabin 3" distinction. Interior and exterior siding and a set of stairs to replace the ramp are the main requirements, but given the site's tricky topography, the project might prove somewhat more time-consuming than expected -- just check out the setup on that scaffolding...

Other (completed!) projects include the local foods bulletin board, an orderly marriage of wood scraps (amongst them rosewood and ipe) scavenged from the pit and of flyers keeping yesterstudents posted on the various foods produced around the Valley.

The mouldering toilet has also gotten a mighty solid damn goodlooking spankin' new set of stairs; grand opening ceremony is yet to be scheduled -- we'll keep you posted.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Looking to ward off the chilling effects of weeks of diluvian Vermont rains, Orion takes a break from the Ark design/build project (tailored to accomodate a crew of 7 interns and one kitten) and warms up his audience with some fire-dancing action, drawing out dragons with his cotton-kevlar wicks.

When not planning biblical escapes on the Mad River, the interns also find time to do some work, once in a while... when they aren't in class, that is.

They picked up the basics of the Yestermorrow shop during their one-sheet-of-plywood training, rippin' through european birch ply and firing nailguns to bring their very own furniture designs to fruition.
Instructors Andy and Eyrich kicked ass as they stayed up later then their students to work through our knotty design problems...

And popcorn from Bisbee's provided nutritious sustenance throughout the week.

With new Yester-skills under their toolbelts, they were ready to demolish the strawbale cube (lovingly built by the strawbale class in the Quonset hut) when the sun came out last week...