Here Is The Side With The Window Installed And The Lower Part Of The Siding Done.

Gyspy Two comes to life as our newest prototype

This is being built by seminar students and volunteers who are getting to learn how to create a house out of 95% Pure Salvage so that they can not only build their own, but also to teach others. My goal all along has been to create the examples that others will be able to use to create houses from salvage anywhere in the world that it is available. This means that tiny houses that are toxin free and will last for a century or more can be built for little more than the human energy it takes to salvage the materials and reform them into houses.
Here are some shots of the progress so far.

Keep n mind that the people who have worked on this have never done it before so they are learning from scratch and building a great house as they go.

LouBee is screwing in the siding for the lower 2/3rds of the exterior walls.  She is learning with hands on experience that will enable her to not only do it again later, but to teach others how as well.

LouBee is screwing in the siding for the lower 2/3rds of the exterior walls. She is learning with hands on experience that will enable her to not only do it again later, but to teach others how as well.

Dave is also hard at work balancing the ladder..... no really he is doing the cutting and helping put up the siding too.

Dave is also hard at work balancing the ladder….. no really he is doing the cutting and helping put up the siding too.

Here is the side with the window installed and the lower part of the siding done.

Here is the side with the window installed and the lower part of the siding done.

Into the night they worked to get the other side done in a day.

Into the night they worked to get the other side done in a day.

After getting the flashing ready, we install the windows for the back side.  The window is not finished, but it has the exterior trim all attached to make this part faster and easier.

After getting the flashing ready, we install the windows for the back side. The window is not finished, but it has the exterior trim all attached to make this part faster and easier.

Here is goes, into the hole, but snagging slightly on the flashing which we also made from the siding so as to match.

Here is goes, into the hole, but snagging slightly on the flashing which we also made from the siding so as to match.

A few adjustments and it is ready to go.  Just one more piece of siding, and they go for it tonight.

A few adjustments and it is ready to go. Just one more piece of siding, and they go for it tonight.

They refuse to give up until they finish this side today.

They refuse to give up until they finish this side today.

Thus is the second side finished and ready for the ends next, then the drip ledge above, and the Cypress siding which will top off the tin and really give us some contrast.

Thus is the second side finished and ready for the ends next, then the drip ledge above, and the Cypress siding which will top off the tin and really give us some contrast.

Remember, this was the drawing we started with as an concept for the house.

Remember, this was the drawing we started with as an concept for the house.

You can see the sparks a flying from the saw as Dave cuts the metal for the last piece.

You can see the sparks a flying from the saw as Dave cuts the metal for the last piece.

So goes two days of work on the siding for two people, with some extra help here and there. They are doing a great job with this and while a bit slower due to the learning curve, they are making great progress. This is going to look incredible soon, expecially once we put the Tung oil to the metal and it darkens to a rich brown that will accent the wood on the trim even more.

Stay tuned for more of the building seminar results.