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Len gets an idea for a coaster, then makes notes on a napkin while drinking coffee in a diner.
Soon, construction begins in the yard. All but a few of the pieces are hand made in the garage.
The first challenge was going up. In the desert at Burning Man, we would not have a crane, cherry picker or external scaffolding.
So the frame became the scaffold. It reaches a height of approximately 35 feet.
Metal platforms were meant to remain in place, but were mobile during construction. Wooden platforms were temporary.
This is a closer look at some of the main structural points of the coaster. From start to finish, it took six weeks to build.
The second big challenge was getting the big track pieces into place. We used a winch that was attached to the frame.
Time was short, and painting began before construction ended. The coaster was completed with a day to spare. Then we tore it down.