This area seems a bit sparse, so I figure I should add a little something to maybe get a conversation going.. This here is what I mostly spend my time at, the thing that has taken me away from stoving!
Here's a building, entirely designed and built by my students last year. It's a cob and bale building. First, we design the basic space layout. We do it right on the ground, in the space, with ropes to define the shapes.
The apprentices wanted a desk space with an extreme curve, to fit and surround. We pulled this piece of wood out of the forest to serve as a lintel over a bay window kind of thing..
This piece was cleaned up by hand and used to draw the foundation lines around the space..
Digging foundation drains, in case water moves into the foot of the building, this drain (filled with gravel and a drain pipe) will take it away.
Drain rock!! Lots of it!
A piece off of a 1000 year old redwood tree was used as a threshold.
We don't have good building stone around here, so urbanite (broken concrete side-walk) is used instead.
Figuring out the windows for the desk nook.
Cob workshops get the walls up.
Cob in the south, bales in the north.
Workshoppers expect lecture time, so we give it them!
We don't talk TOO much, mostly it's a hands-on affair!
Moving along.. Here they're getting the lintels in, the desk nook is really taking shape.
More lecture time.. Discussing the roof with Bryan Burnoski, Natural Builder extrodinaire..
That's me, getting on with an adobe arch.
The June 2014 workshop attendees.
Getting the roof together.
These two have never done any wood working before.. Seems right that they build the door, and they did a FANTASTIC job of it!
TexasGonzo: Sooooo glad I found this site! Its always rewarding to find such a super group of folks! To any and all, feel free to PM me anytime. Thanks for having me!
Mar 11, 2019 18:56:41 GMT -8
jlmtech: GADGET: CONSIDER USING A JET PUMP INSTEAD OF A BLOWER FAN TO INDUCE DRAFT; NO CLOGGING.
Mar 26, 2019 8:19:28 GMT -8
michaelegan: i am unable to open the sketchup files on my mac. I used sketchup a few years back but apparently the company now requires a subscription. does anyone have any advice/instructions on how to use the program or how to view pictures without spending money?
Aug 20, 2019 18:41:48 GMT -8
mannytheseacow: michaelegan: download AutoCAD student version for free... import .SKP
Aug 23, 2019 13:33:44 GMT -8
topbaza: hi everyone, been searching all over net and this is were i need to be i think!!
Sept 28, 2019 6:16:25 GMT -8
anounaki: Hi, why I cant upload photos when I make new tread to this forum?
Feb 28, 2020 2:09:40 GMT -8
ahansen: photos under 1 mb not possible?
Jun 4, 2020 0:09:21 GMT -8
belgiangulch: Photo's are possible. They must be downloaded elsewhere and the image url (adress) is copyied.
Sept 14, 2020 7:26:15 GMT -8
belgiangulch: While creating a thread click on the small picture in the banner above the reply. A box pops up, paste the image url in the box. Pay no attention to the huge list of numbers and such.When you finish and hit reply your post with pictures will come up.
Sept 14, 2020 7:29:27 GMT -8
deadstarsstillburn: Hi there. I was directed this way by folks on the Permies.com website and am hoping I can get some information on how a total newbie can get started designing, siting, building, and not-dying-in-a-horrible-house-fire with a new RMH in a 160-year old home
Oct 21, 2020 6:52:10 GMT -8
deadstarsstillburn: The people over there recommended either a 6" batchbox or an 8" J-tube. I don't know what those are but am going to try to figure that out. What I need is a blueprint that I can scale to fit the need for my house. I have something likne 5000 square feet
Oct 21, 2020 6:53:00 GMT -8
deadstarsstillburn: but I do not need to heat all of it by any means. probably only need to heat half of that, maybe less.
Oct 21, 2020 6:53:15 GMT -8
deadstarsstillburn: moreover, the house has 3 storeys (large attic) so I assume if I get very efficient heating on the ground floor, that will go a long way toward heating the upstairs as well, no?
Oct 21, 2020 6:53:59 GMT -8
BenAlexanderT: Happy new year everybody. I wish you the best
Dec 31, 2020 15:06:14 GMT -8
Solomon: Anybody in Southern Oregon, in Jackson or Josephine counties?
Jan 16, 2021 21:54:43 GMT -8
gnomedome: i realsie this is from 2009
Apr 14, 2021 8:30:44 GMT -8
gnomedome: i realize this is from 2009 id love to see the photos from this ..as im looking to build a sauna soon similar to this .... if anyody sees this post email@example.com..... the photos in this post did not show up
Apr 14, 2021 8:32:00 GMT -8