Dome on the Range
||It all starts with an idea to make a geodesic
dome. Then construct the models. It's the only way that you
can visualize the final structure.
By trial and error, a shape takes place and with a lot of
work -- the finished product.
I designed the dome from paper models and build it in the Building Construction
workshop of Western Canada High School where I taught Electronics and Math.
The triangular windows are made from fibreglass. A artist friend welded the
stove from a steel barrel.
|In 1974, my wife and carted the
prefabricated panels on a trailer to land owned by my cousin Gary and I
on the Battle River Valley,
near the little town of Galahad in Alberta. This was a far as we could get
the overloaded trailer on the dirt road, so this is where it was
The prefabricated triangles and pentagons bolted together and shutters provided
some shade. We
spend two weeks that summer relaxing at our "summer home". My
brother-in-law Andy visited to cut firewood. I'm the one
with the shovel, trying to look rural.
We enjoyed walks through the beautiful Battle River Valley. (David, Mathilda
and her sister). For entertainment, we went to the bar in Galahad to
drink beer and play shuffleboard. One night we, stayed at the
hotel attached to the bar. The cost? Just $4/night.
I even managed to visit the Galahad
hospital after falling off the roof of the dome and spraining my ankle.
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