Harry Grufter Reports on the birth of Barnacle
Posted Wednesday 26th September
It is decided (dreamed) one afternoon that we should all take some wood up to Taiba and build a slider for a sunset session. Now, in some countries this idea may seem not to far fetched but in Brazil, as Bill and I knew, the birth of Barnacle, the slider, would take more than just one afternoon.
The sun rose. The new day arrived as normal in Brazil.
On the third day, and with some minor political uprisings and power struggles over the use of the car. Bill had left for Peru by now and was a little sad not to ride the slider before he left. But he knew the facts: this could take time, so he walked away graciously for a new adventure.Beto (the fisherman's son) and Lil' Alex Brown finished placing the support poles into the lagoon's edge. Some cross beams and the rail were actually placed on the slider that day ... until the battery in the drill ran out.
Bill 05 (if bill stayed he would have been doing this to Barnie)
There was something different about Day 4. Off we went to shoot. Even Lil' Alex was awake. This early morning start at Taiba was probably the windiest morning this year with easy 30 knots plus winds firing sand across the lagoon. It was way too windy for freestyle and photo shoots. So more work was done on the slider as the crew slowly but surely added rotten nail-riddled wood in random locations along the support beams. Would it be finished on the 4th day?
Barnacle was born! One of the ugliest sliders in history with concern for serious injury if you messed up. In fact the waters edge had filled in with the strong winds and blowing sand. Barnie was now over dry land!
It's been a week now since Barnie was born. It was a painful and trying birth. Lil Alex has been sliding the rail too, but I'm not sure who else will hit Barnie. In fact, if you didn't help build it over 4 days then its probably wiser go do some freestyle down wind.