Growing up with a fascination of machinery and technology, he learned from every experience. In his teens, an interest in motocross drew him into a machine shop where he worked with various lathes, mills and welding equipment. He had a revelation when he encountered the “biggest, baddest motocrosser,” the Yamaha YZ 465. The motor was unlike others in its simplicity, its power and indestructibility. A short venture into computer programming reinforced his confidence in simplicity – something that would drive his future scientific research.
While attending college, he worked in the Alaskan fishing industry during the summer months. Before completing his degree, he was invited to stay in Alaska full-time as an engineer. For the next few years, he designed and fabricated seafood processing lines and repaired every conceivable piece of on board equipment. Boats have numerous pipes and hundreds of valves for fuel transfers, water transfers and the like. Billy Adamson, John’s mentor, hammered the concept of “tracing the pipes” into his head … follow the liquid flow through the pipes until it encountered valves and crossovers.
John then experienced the dangerous life portrayed by the reality show, “Deadliest Catch.” As chief engineer of a Bering sea king crab boat, he worked 20-plus hour days. These boats are worked to death, and carry at least two of every motor, pump, electronic piece … because it all fails under the harsh conditions and freezing temperatures. Again, he was reminded of the value of simplicity and indestructibility.
He then spent some time in the restaurant business and eventually, he and his wife moved into an unimproved home, meaning it had no water or power. In researching solutions for the house, he came across books describing the Great Pyramid as an amazingly efficient water pump which didn’t require electricity. Intrigued, he studied the pyramid and “followed the pipes.”
By 2000, John had built a working prototype that drew water for the house – the first working version of the lower half of the Great Pyramid.
Since then, he has tried at least 100 different configurations. Much like his previous experiences with technology, he found that the simplest configuration was the best. It is now clear that the lower area of the Great Pyramid was a simple, nearly indestructible machine with only two or three moving parts. It likely could have run for many, many years with no maintenance.
Even more intriguing, the device appears to produce what scientists call “structured water,” which has surprising, unexpected properties that could improve the human condition.