Thunderbridge Burn

Despite a week wowing wayward burners, the Crue was adamant that Thunderbridge was NOT going back on the truck. So at 9pm Thursday, September 1st, 2011, we burned it, along with 21 other effigies from around the world.


Thunderbridge Playa Build

Here's Thunderbridge being installed in its final home on the playa before Burning Man 2011.

Thunderbridge Art

Thunderbridge was covered in many great paintings from local Portland artists.

Thunderbridge Build

With an effigy design settled on, in April 2011, it was time to build a bridge.

Feeling the love from an Amazing community. :)

Saturday, May 21st, 2011 – Online Auction Ends @ 5:00 pm

Fundraising Super Starrs really outdid themselves!

We set a goal. They went above and beyond. We can’t thank the people who donated items and those who bid on them enough. Thank You! Your contribution is sending ThunderBridge to SOAK* 2011: Snarkle Pony Rodeo! Giddy Up! Crüe will be on the road June 15th. Gates open June 16th. You totally have to go. Find out more at

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 – Brand-a-Paddle BBQ

Wow! It was delightful, great fun, naughty and wonderful. We branded paddles. We learned how to properly paddle someone. We dueled with paddles. Some of us spray-painted clothes. Most of us purchased raffle tickets. We danced on the Bridge. We test burned feathers. We set up the sound system (for SOAK*). We made thunder sounds (for Burning Man). People came out to socialize, meet the Crüe and show their support. Thank You!

Monday, May 23rd, 2011 – Relax, Rejoice and Recover

Monday never had a chance. Work was a breeze; recurrent Joyful dancing made the day fly by.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2011 – ThunderBridge makes the list of Official CORE Projects

Alberta Rite of Mountain Passage
Atlanta Area Alchemist Tower
Arizona Carnegeia Gigantea
East Bay Port of Fire
Great Lakes The Lighthouse
Hawaii The Ka Pilina Phoenix
Ireland Dobharchu Doiteaine
Kentucky F-N Bourbon Barrel
Las Vegas Lucky Lady Lucy
Los Angeles SCARAB Truck
Maine Region Lobster Bisco
NOLA Mama Nola
NYC The Tree of Heaven
Portland ThunderBridge
San Diego Quemaduras del Sol
Saskatchewan Burning Sheaf
South Bay Valley of Heart’s Delight
Toronto Mooseman
Transformus NC The Bamboozler
Vancouver Playa Time
Victoria BC EffiTree

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 – Kickstarter is funded!

Just when we thought things couldn’t get any better. :)

We ♥ Backers. ThunderBridge is heading to Burning Man 2011: Rites of Passage!

Pope Tart and Lucy NinjaPimp are attending the CORE Art Resource Meeting today. Stay tuned for more updates in June. We’ll be busy dancing, drinking and rejoicing through Memorial Day. Thank You!

Online Auction - Saturday, April 30th @ 5:00 pm

Welcome to the SOAK*CORE Crue Online Auction!

We have collected an array of Crafts, Services, Art and Jewelry for you to bid on (we're even offering dates with Crue a la BMV Playa Time from Vancouver, B.C. Check out the Vancouver CORE Project at!!

Auction begins at 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 30th and ends at 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 21st.



* Commenting on an item = you are bidding on the item

* All items start at $5.00 unless otherwise noted

* Bidding increments are at $1.00

* If you win the item you are bidding on, you agree to pay for said item within 3 business days of the end of the auction (Auction items will also be available for pick up at the May 22nd Brand Your Paddle BBQ)

* Payment for items will be accepted via PayPal, or in person via cash.

Questions about any of the items? Email

Happy Bidding and THANK YOU for supporting ThunderBridge!

Wing Prototyping - April 23rd

Burn-Able Feathers are in this Year on the Playa.

ThunderBird Wings are Pretty.

Metal Fabrication: Wing Braces - April 19-20, 2011

Many thanks to LostMachine Andy who fabricated wing support brackets for us today. And thumbs up to Pi and Pope for working on them yesterday.

I think we are ready to build some ThunderBirds. :)

We ♥ backers. Thank you for believing in us.

And definitively check out another amazing project headed towards Build Season: Pirate Ship - Sailing from the Mind to the Playa

Feather Factory Day 1 - April 16, 2011

We fired up the feather and paddle factory today!

Crue made their way to The Vatican (WA) this morning and went to work making 150 short feathers.

Today's MVP award goes to Priti, Fluffer extraordinaire. Again you worked so well, and all that sawdust made you look so happy playa weathered.

We proto-typed the Thunderbird wing forearm and reviewed attachment methods. These birds are going to be B--I--G.

The bonfire was lit at 5:30 pm and factory Ninjas celebrated with a few well-deserved swigs of whiskey. The sunset was beautiful.

Meanwhile at Assembly Two, lumber was picked up for the SOAK* 2011: Snarkle Pony Rodeo @ppetizer Burn and Heckling Booth.

Welcome Home. )'(


Stairs Build Day 2 - April 10, 2011

Moving wood to Assembly Two where the bridge will be assembled.

4:20pm - second stair step almost done - spirits are still very high.

We had a generous donation from Ken Strait so our immediate plywood needs have been fulfilled. We ♥ backers.

If you donate more plywood, it will be going to the Irish and their Core project. :)

Videographer Jon interviewed and filmed the Crue. Stay tuned to see our montage.

Mission One Accomplished! We set out to build two stair sets and we did it! The entire Crue was amazing. =)

Our week end MVP award goes to Pi, build coordinator extraordinaire. Your incredible ninja skills, coordinated pink tool belt, gloves and boots and enthusiastic dedication to the project were inspirational.

Next build at Assembly One on April 23rd. We've got feathers and Thunderbirds on our mind. Grazie mille and spread the word.


‎"Pour accomplir de grandes choses il ne suffit pas d'agir il faut rêver; il ne suffit pas de calculer, il faut croire." Anatole France

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