We want to build a pyramid!
Where ? High in the hills near the old town site of Phoenix, B.C.
Why? Great learning experience; amusing challenge
How? With a community of individuals that want to get it done!
Pyramid Builders Club is sponsored by the NXT Great Pyramid Builders Inc. The Club was founded to assist individuals interested in building a pyramid to create a community.
is to build a replica of the Great Pyramid of Giza—to scale—out of stone and to understand how that pyramid was built by building one!
The first step will be a modest, open-framed wooden pyramid on a carefully-selected site. This pyramid, to be known as the Welcome Pyramid, will serve as a visitor and study centre, and will be a sacred space to inspire and build community. Local craftsmen will build it out of local wood. Specialists will guide the selection of the site and help orient the pyramid.
The pyramid in this photo is an example of an open-framed, wooden pyramid. It was built at the Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, British Columbia www.summerhill.bc.ca.
Phoenix, British Columbia, Canada
Phoenix is an area in the hills between Grand Forks and Greenwood, British Columbia. Attempts are underway to locate a site in the vicinity of the old town that was once called the highest city in Canada at 1,412 metres or 4,633 feet above sea level. Phoenix was a booming copper mining community from the late 1980s to 1919 www.ghosttownpix.com/bc/phoenix.html.
Naturally, people can’t build a pyramid wherever they choose. Phoenix is a historic mining area and a crazy quilt of surface titled Crown-granted mineral claims, most of which are inactive. Any active mining interests in the area have been alerted and invited to participate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owQ6C9rmHIE.
A project of this scope—replicating the Great Pyramid—requires study, collaboration, and planning. What sort of organization can bring that about?
My vision is of a chaordic (kay-ordic) organization that amalgamates chaos and order. The word chaordic was coined by Dee Ward Hock who founded the Visa credit card. A chaordic organization blends cooperation with competition and theoretical learning with experiential learning. Mr. Hock’s thinking attracted me because it closely aligns with my experience in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur.
Not either/or, but both/and.
Generally accepted accounting practices will be employed to track money in and money out. Members will receive professionally-prepared semi-annual updates to explain what has come in and where it went.
I DISCOVER THE PYRAMIDS
In the early seventies, my wanderings took me to Cairo, the ancient teeming city on the legendary Nile River.
Like many early travelers and explorers over the millennia, I was drawn to the Pyramids. Thus it was, that one warm spring day, I piled into a taxi and set off to visit neighbouring Giza, home of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Khufu.
I remember it well.
This may sound strange, but upon seeing the Pyramids at Giza, I felt that I was discovering them personally, that I was the first person to ever set eyes on them. My visit was in an era when the great horde of baby boomers were poor and distracted, launching careers, buying homes and creating families. Thus the pyramids were uncrowded and accessible. Most of the visitors on the site, were adventuresome world travelers or locals.
For a token amount, one could buy a ticket for a guided tour inside the pyramid. I purchased a ticket and was lead in by a venerable old Egyptian gentleman. Wandering up the passageways, he pointed out its internal structure and substructure – massive rock running at different angles – a remarkable architectural achievement. And I remember the so called Chamber of the King, the polished stone “sarcophagus” and the ventilation that kept the air cool and fresh.
After I had finished my unhurried tour, the guide paused by the exit. By then of course, I had been traveling in the middle east long enough that I understood the word “baksheesh”. Therefore, I was not a bit surprised when the guide faced me and made an elaborate display of tearing up the official ticket that I had paid for. He wiped his brow dramatically, and said “I will not use this again.” (Never even occurred to me that he would.) “I hope that you have had a pleasant visit. I’m an old man. I have worked hard to make you a good tour.” Here he stopped to let me fill in the blank.
Of course. Baksheesh. I obliged.
I also have the good fortune to be at the site of the pyramids on a day when the daily sound and light show designed to tell the story of the pyramids was in English. And so, after a buggy ride to the viewing area during which I received a lesson in bartering – I was happily conveyed for 1/10 of the original fare demanded – I sat and watched as the sun set on the pyramids and the lights came up for the show.
Since then, Pyramids have been in my life.
AN ANCIENT MYSTERY
The great pyramid of Giza has a flat top. Really! The tip is missing.
Visitors to the pyramid from the ancient past (as far back as the time of Christ) have always commented that the pyramid lacked a tip. Now, when a pyramid is constructed, the top, technically called the pyramidion or capstone, is the last thing to be put in place.
It is considered the most important part of the pyramid and is made of special stone or even gold. It was usually highly decorated.
So, why is the great pyramid without a capstone? No one knows for sure.
There are a number of possibilities.
1: It was never finished. (I vote unlikely.)
2: Capstones were sometimes made of gold and perhaps it was looted. But if so, that would have been a feat in itself, because it was huge.
How big? If you climb the pyramid, and many have, you can walk freely around the flat area at the top. It is about 30 feet in each direction. Imagine how big the capstone must have been.
So, what is there now?
On the summit you would see something that looks like a mast or flagpole. It was placed there by two astronomers in 1874 to show where the Pyramid’s actual apex would have been. Even more interesting, there appears to be a kind of natural phenomena at the top of the Great Pyramid.
Many tourists have climbed to the top. One such person was Sir Siemens, a British inventor. While there, he observed electrical activity. Being a scientist, he moistened a newspaper and wrapped it around a wine bottle to convert it into a Leyden jar (an early form of a capacitor). When he held it above his head, it became charged with electricity. Sparks were emitted from the bottle.
Has anyone ever considered installing a Pyramidion to finish the great pyramid?
You bet. In fact, in 1999 the Egyptian government had planned to usher in the New Year and launch the millennium celebrations by affixing a gold-encased capstone on the Great Pyramid. The 30-foot high cap was to be lowered by helicopter at the stroke of midnight January 1, 2000, making the broken pyramid whole again. Suddenly the idea was scrapped. The Culture Minister at the time, Farouk Hosni gave no reason for backing off the plan, but said the decision was made despite technical advice that it would not have harmed the monument.
There is a strong possibility that the pyramid was once part of an energy grid? If so, the capstone could have been removed to decommission the structure.
What were its original functions of the pyramid? And if the capstone was replaced, would still work as originally designed?
Let’s get together, build one and see what we can learn!