From Toothpicks to Trailblazing— The Birth of The Monolithic Dome
David South built his first dome out of toothpicks. But then, he was just a rural Idaho high school kid, burning with youthful enthusiasm, sparked by a Buckminster Fuller speech. David didn’t foresee just building domes; he envisioned building huge domes. “I knew there had to be a way to construct really big domes,” David says. “I saw them as super-size, igloolike structures for commercial use.”
Well, toothpicks just didn’t work, so David tried drinking straws, an Erector set, two by fours -until one day, some years and experience later, he hit on the right combination. David says, “By then, I knew concrete and I knew polyurethane foam. More importantly, my preoccupation with domes got my brothers Barry and Randy interested. So now the three of us began thinking about domes made of concrete, reinforced with steel, and insulated with foam.
This is my awesome dad :).