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Old 12-13-2006, 02:23 PM   #63
Erick Mead
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Dojo: Big Green Drum (W. Florida Aikikai)
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Re: For Ted Ehara - Boundary of your aikido?

David Knowlton wrote:
Spend the $30.00 on a 'tensegritoy'. Build one of the models.
Yes. Build a tower out of them, which I have seen done. They are very survivable in severe wind conditions because they are very elastic and THEY MOVE at the slightest input.

Along these lines, I designed and built a pentagonal plan, chain-suspended, center-pivot treehouse for my kids seven years ago, It is tied to the tree with radial eyebolts and a suspending circumferential roof truss space-frame that carries the floor loads on beams hung on chains. It has withstood direct hits from Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis --- all because it MOVES and does not resist at all.


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