The global community of Earthship enthusiasts have been holding their breath for the overdue arrival of this eBook from Michael Reynolds. It is the first in a series of ‘How-to’ books designed to tell you what you need to know about building your own Global Model Earthship.
Its a nice little book with plenty of pictures and descriptive language to give the Earthship novice or conventional builder what they need to know to build their own Earthship. Of course it’s fully compatible with the current set of Global Model Earthship plans that Earthship Biotecture currently sell. In this first book titled “Tire Work”, it covers the staging and laying out your build, then ground prep, through to the finer points of getting a high quality tyre wall built. Unfortunately for those ‘metrics’ among us, the book refers to everything in US Imperial measurements. There are also a few local terms that might draw strange looks at your local hardware store, but generally speaking with the pictures and common sense, nothing is beyond our grasp.
By the end of this book, you should have your tyre wall set up, with ventilation tubes and rainwater catchment cisterns in place. The next book to be published will cover the Concrete Work both on the top and bottom of the tyre wall. My only concern is that, given the time its taken to publish the first eBook, will you be waiting years to be able to have all the twelve (yes you read correctly!) guides needed to complete your own Earthship? I certainly hope not for the sake of the reader and the planet.