All of the materials had to be carried up and down the waterfall. Luckily there weren't any injuries, eventhough most people were climbing up and down in flip flops. The local guys zoomed up and down, while the rest of us took a little longer.
This is Chris setting the "penstock" (pipe) into place before the dam was built up.
Here is Arie putting the final touches on the dam. You cannot work with cement underwater and we could not divert the water, so we had to build the dam as a bridge over the water, then use sand bags and rocks to fill in underneath the dam when we were ready to bring the waterlevel up.
I smashed my finger with one of the big boulders that was used to make the dam. It swelled up to about twice the normal size and became really gross, puss and all.
This is what the finger looks like now, three weeks after smashing it. After about two weeks, the puss and blood that was built up underneath the nail started to stink, so I had to cut the nail out. The very end of the nail didn't get smashed and is still hanging on. Kinda gross.
This is me with the turbine. Ultimately, a small building was constructed over the turbine.
Here is Andrew (Patch) with a crew of mostly local villagers at the top of the waterfall. The project is nearly complete.
This is the area at the top of the waterfall after the dam was completed. The sections of culvert were placed to protect the dam from logs that may float down the river after a heavy rain. The dam is a weak point in the system, so the idea was to protect the dam.
The villagers are very good at Ta Kraw (spelling?), which is a game like volleyball, but it is played with a wicker ball and you can not use your hands or arms. This guy lands on his feet - believe it or not!
At the end of my trip, I got to join in an ultimate frizbee hat tournament in Bangkok. It was a good couple days. Fun to hang out with everyone and some good frizbee, overall a great time.