Natural Building, Day 3

Intensity was the name of the game today. From the early-morning cob-making, to noontime truss-setting, to a trio of techniques in the afternoon, to a spontaneous talent show/ drum circle. Yesterday’s persistence at the building framing paid off. Everyone’s energy level is high, and the rapid transformation is unbelievable. A week ago today, Cliff had not yet arrived at Koinonia and Wayne hadn’t yet begun the front yard swales. Tomorrow we will be putting the finishing touches on the building…but I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:

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Homeschool Cooperative students, getting in on the cob oven construction

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Cob is all about community...all ages and lots of fun!

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The first layer going around the oven sand form. Trinity and Ida showing Wayne how it's done

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Alex and Julie hard at work...nearly finished by lunchtime.

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Hey mom, look what we helped build!

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Ryan and Alex tamping down the central slip-straw wall, one section at a time

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Nicole and Ned moving right along...

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Barry takes it to the next level.

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Mike, Josh and Cliff filling the first earth bag for the base of the outer wall.

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Happy Brendan!

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Cliff, tamping the earth bags

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Nicole learning to mix earth plaster

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The "aha!" moment...getting the plaster just right

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Alex and Sunny applying earth plaster to bamboo lath

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David and Penryn filling the gaps with cob

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With all this activity, even the bunnies are tired.

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Plaster wall complete!

Grand finale coming tomorrow night!

Natural Building, Day 2

Another glorious day was ahead of us, and everyone was ready to get down to business. With so many people working in a small space, Wayne decided to make use of the many hands, so a cob oven was added to the agenda. Roof support beam is set, bamboo lath is complete, oven form is ready, and tomorrow we start applying the cob.
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The plants that feed us...in raised beds in the yard near the construction

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Muscovy ducklings, watching us work

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Cliff's sketch of the entrance to the new building

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Side view of building, perhaps with a glass bottle cross design built in?

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The sawdust was flying!

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Bamboo is beautiful

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Nicole and Juby, hanging more lath

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Josh and Cliff raise the roofbeam

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At 1:30, the cob oven site looked like this...

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...and when I returned at 5:00 this is what I found!

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Amazing work, amazing people…it doesn’t get much better than this!