Learning It Up, HTP Style

       My name is Alex, I am Badger and Butterfly clan, from Hotevilla, AZ. This is my first year in the student internship program. I enjoy working with all the others in this build. We are all getting along, being safe, and watching out for one another the best we can everyday at the site. The work day starts out with stretching out our muscles in our bodies to wake up, and get ready for another day of labor. When stretching is over we break into teams to do tasks, or continue to do jobs we left off with the day before. We do our best to keep the good moral up so we can knock out jobs safely, quickly, and have a fun time doing it. Within these past two months, we've gotten pretty far and are now finishing up the roof. Maybe it'll be done at the end of this week. I am going to tell what working for HTP, is like to me.


        Building one of the homes is like being part of an old system that existed for many hundreds of years. The building techniques may have changed since old times looking at architectural, or decorative features, but the amount of labor, and craftsmanship makes us feel like the house will have its unique feel to it. That separates it from a ''slapped-together commercial construction job''. This picture shows us working together to move the heavy logs for the build. We would still need to clean, linseed, and then make special cuts to connect the logs together. Not to mention how many times we have to move the things around. 

         I said we were moving pretty fast and we got the concrete bondbeam all formed within the first month of building. During the month we were constantly shoveling, wheelbarrowing, and compacting dirt. We had dug trenches and filled them with gravel. I remember everything was moist, and the ground was a firm, hard pad we compacted for weeks. Everyone at the site knows how to set up for a concrete bond beam pour, the forms went up, got concrete poured in them, and that was it. The bond beam was poured in the morning, and was curing good by the end of the day at 5pm. Then it snowed during the night cancelling work for the day, which was kind of a good thing for the bond beam. Water makes concrete harder through a curing cycle and the wet storm. Perhaps; made the bond beam stronger. All the forms came off, and we got right to setting the mud-sills, with a material sandwiched between the bond beam. Theses sills help prevent air leaks. The picture above shows that being installed. 

           We are always trying out new tasks, for the build. Like this picture, we are teamed up doing work on the house. While people are doing a task, there are others working on some other piece of the house. Then when it comes time to put those pieces together it goes up pretty darn fast. So this was a week after the picture above.

           The log work all went in, and we got the roof going onto all of the logs (veegas). The log work inside is a whole other ball park, but how we got the logs to tie with the house is a different story. Hopefully someone will tell. =D  We are always working in teams of two, to keep both of us safe, especially when working above 6 feet.

             So by the end of the day we all feel good knowing we are putting our all into this build all day. We put our minds toward making sure the house ties together good. So the occupants of the house will feel and live comfortably for the many years to come once we've finished. When this house is done, and all the components are in, this house will serve its occupants to its maximum efficiency using all clean forms of energy, it's just crazy. This house will have solar, an off grid septic system (Watson and Wick), solar water heater, and also a small green house. There is just so much that these homes can do for themselves after they are up. These houses can benefit not only humans, but nature as well. I'd like to be apart of putting up more of these homes in this harsh dry desert area in the future. We are moving to get this house built strong and it'll be onto the next house. 

             We all made a commitment to see this house done from start to finish, and to learn all the while. In the future, the people that learn from this Internship can take what they've learned to hopefully shape, and change the community for the people, by putting up these homes for families .These homes will be here for generation, after generation, and will be continuing to use natural forms of clean energy.

             I am wanting to help my community in the future by providing homes, and any form of care I can. Until those times I'll be learning ,and working with these good people. At the end of the day we come into a circle put in our hands in and shout "HTP"! This ends the day with a good laugh and a motive for the next day, it makes the day end well.

              I'm enjoying it and I hope this internship will get bigger in the future, for incoming young people. So get a tour scheduled with Tanya - COME CHECK OUT THE SITE, and ask questions how you can start thinking about getting a home like this made for you. My name is Alex Quiyo, and I'm going back to work. SOOO. see ya. . . 



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May 22, 2017