The Great Wall of Pahoa
I have completed the seemingly impossible today! (With a little help from my friend.)
I began building the Great Wall of Pahoa many months ago as part of my mission to re-use as may materials as I could from my own house-building process. In essence, I have re-purposed the scraps from the discarded materials I scavenged to build major portions of our family home.
My right-hand, yes-man / friend / carpenter / “cardboarder” has been the incomparable Mark (Hillbilly Gentleman) Kerby. Mark and I have laughed, screamed, sweat, bled, painted, pounded, glued, sawed, nailed, pasted, taped, climbed, balanced and snickered our way to the top of a 20 foot stairwell wall utilizing wood cuttings I’ve hoarded for nearly two years. Almost everybody has been irritated at one time or another by my piles, stashes, squirreled-away pieces of seemingly useless wood. Many, including my dearest Mark, loving Noah and screeching children have told me to use the wood pieces for “kindling” a “bon-fire”, or for filling cavernous lava tube holes on our property. “BAH!” I would shout as I tightly held my treasures to my bosom, “these precious wood scraps shall find their place in my world of house-ness!”
Alas! I have finally not only succeeded in creating a wonderful work of art, reducing construction waste, and saving on having to purchase dry wall or siding for a large area— more importantly, I have humbly proven that I WAS RIGHTT, MY IDEA WAS BRILLIANT AND I AM A GENIUS!!!!
Did this project take a long time? YES.
Was it frustrating, difficult and inconvenient? AFFIRMATIVE.
Will I ever attempt this again for anyone else? NO WAY JOSE.
Does it look AWESOME and make me exceedingly joyful? ABSOLUTELY!
Next time you have a desire to create and complete a task, no matter how crazy it may seem to everyone around you, please remember The Great Wall of Pahoa and proceed with enthusiasm!