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Category / 2012 Session 3 – Juniors

Session 3 – Sailtrain

A train, pulled by a giant sail – how can you not try it? It took us the whole week, and many of the evenings to get it done and working. Day One – A New Beginning Day Two – Workin’ on a Train Gang Day Three – There’s Always More to Do Day Four […]

Day Six – Rolling

You start with an idea – a train, powered by sail, with a dining car, a sleeping car, and (even though you didn’t know it until you saw it) a grape-shooting car! The idea is so powerful that you find yourself dreaming about it, drawing pictures of it, talking about it… and finally, building it. This is the story of Session 3 at Tinkering School, 2012.

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Our railcars survived the night by the side of the quarry haul road in Davenport (special thanks to the night security crew at the cement factory for keeping an eye on them!), and, with a little effort, we manage to get them on to the trailer in pairs for transport. Continue Reading

Day Five – Get Ready, Get Set…

We are in final stages of preparation for the inaugural departure of our sailtrain. It’s one of those days where there are no big milestones, just an endless list of little details to knock out. The high-fives are few and far between, but the progress is good and consistent.

The plan is to ferry the boats down to the rail head today, mount the new wheel units and guide-wheels, and then store them overnight at the cement plant. Not to give anything away, but let’s call that “plan A”.

Lauren and Kami get started by putting in the middle bed panel on the Piki’s triple-decker bunkbed. Continue Reading

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