Milling Kauai Mango Wood

Recently an island friend who is an arborist gifted several logs from a large mango tree he was commissioned to take down. It was very large and too close to the buildings. The arborist, Travis Redmond, generously volunteered to help slab the large butt log with his Alaskan Chainsaw Mill, so that we wouldn't have to reduce it to widths that would fit on our 32-inch bandsaw mill. Such wide slabs are precious and rare.

The tree was too large for our mill, so we contacted a local man with a special rig, galled an Alaskan Saw Mill. It uses, as you see, a large chainsaw. The tree was cut into three-inch thick slabs, for tables in the future.

Quartzite Platform Finished

It's done! The golden-hued platform that will be the stage for a thousand years for our silpi bronze master works is completed. The 35-foot oval is nestled amid mature palm trees about 200 feet North of Iraivan Temple. At its center is the massive, 9-foot-long raw stone, quarried from the same mountain as the temple itself, but not carved.

This Summer the bronzes will one by one take their place on the stage, creating an outdoor workshop that pilgrims can explore to see how the temple was constructed.

360 Degrees

Indivar Sivanathan has just finished up a morning of work here at the monastery and is moving the virtual tour project along. One day in the future devotees will be able to visit the monastery from their homes. Our virtual tour will have hundreds of view points where users can rotate and see a full view of our beautiful irenic environment. Here are some pano shots of Indivar's that will be patched together with software to make a full 360 wrapped image.

Stitched Panorama

Stitched Panorama

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