Post this, was time for the formwork- the bamboo. We were making a dome so we had two types of bamboo. The thick one formed the vertical support and the thinner ones were used to weave in between these verticals. This was one tough job as trying to weave bamboo in between bamboo is not as easy as it sounds! Pushing, tugging, pulling, and fighting with it, we finally had half a dome up.
This is when the workshop participants arrived. Around March 6th. Now we had 15 more hands on deck to do the weaving and making cob. Yay! But alas somehow unseasonal rain started pouring at around this time, making it pretty tough to go work out on site. Well, it is a year of good luck so what do I say.
Whenever the weather would let us, we would be on site making cob, weaving bamboo, putting up the door and window frames. We were getting quite a lot done actually. In between all of this, was Holi. Oh, what a Holi it was. Being in a farm spread across an acre, we had a lot of space to ourselves and having gotten organic color, we started playing. The foreigners were taught how to play and before we knew it, the colors were over and we were being splashed with cob! Oh, what a muddy Holi it was. We were all brown and filthy by noon and taking a bath in the cold water as the geyser wouldn't heat up that fast was exhilarating.