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Day 3 of the tree house build process. Jim’s injured right ankle is quite a bit better, though still delicate and requiring painkillers (did I say? We had to cancel a weekend in June). He’s looking very cheerful, though, and bless him for running this workshop today.

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Setting out – for the trees

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Introduction to the tree ‘corner’

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Only a second before someone shins up a tree – Rosa

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Clare and Marcel are up another tree, Clare is on Olivia’s ‘perch’: the original tree platform and source of inspiration for the tree house here.

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This is called ‘direct design’,that is, creating the basic structure in situ with lengths of softwood.

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There followed a fantastic group interaction, working towards consensus.

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The structure is created to the group’s satisfaction.

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To ensure the structure can be re-erected in the same place, triangularisation happens (I know, I wasn’t concentrating at this point…)

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with the aid of this tool, I guess.

Ideas came thick and fast, the group process was wonderful, and the structure came down at the end of the day, to be rebuilt in oak another day – tomorrow with any luck.

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A friend, Peta Orbach, just sent me the link to this beautiful new art shop ‘Colossal’ that has just opened in Tokyo, which set me thinking about some of the photos I’ve been taking/processing during Amazing Space.

Maybe ‘Colossal’ isn’t quite the word for us: more ‘Small is beautiful too’.