August 16, 2011

Wood-Fired Barrel Oven Video

This oven project was led by Eva Edleson at the Natural Building Extravaganza!

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October 6, 2010

Circular Patio

Teamed up with my good pal Ethan Rainwater to make this patio in the hills of Eugene, OR.

Woodinville Barrel Oven

We built this wood fired barrel oven at Hawthorn Farm in Woodinville, WA.

Earthen Oven

Cob Cottage Co

Straw clay retrofit

Chicken Palace

May 4, 2010

Fuddy Plaster

Last week I made and plastered the exterior of the Fuddy,
the new Pallet Strutcure at Spirit Pine.

Above is a photo inside the Fuddy....
the walls are still awaiting an interior finish plaster.

This structure was built almost completely for free
with locally gathered materials and savvy resourcefulness.

The Playhouse

April 18, 2010


Two shots from inside the Fuddy
This is a 10x15 building I made with my friends out of pallets!

Two views from Fuddy roof
See the Pallet Chicken House above!

Levi and I crafting outside on future Fuddy porch

Pouring the earthen floor in the Fuddy with Max and Betty

April 7, 2010

Natural Building Courses at Valle Pintado

A four part series to deepen your experience with natural living crafts

We will be teaching these workshops in Patagonia, Argentina

Naturally Building for Fire
March 3 – 6, 2010

Come see how little wood it takes to warm your home while creating a lovely hearth.

Join us in building a multi-functional and beautiful masonry heater using natural building techniques. Masonry heaters are highly efficient fireplaces which are designed to burn cleanly and and maintain much more of the heat inside your home. They provide a comfortable and environmentally-sound way to heat your home. Our project will use affordable earthen materials while also incorporating traditional European stove design and modern methods used in the United States.

Cost: $400

March 10 – 13, 2010

Come join us as we make and apply a plaster coat on our new community kitchen.

Learn how to use local, natural materials to craft many types of beautiful finishes. This course will include information about various interior and exterior treatments as well as tool and application techniques.

Cost: $400

BioConstruyendo Patagonia

I was an instructor at BioConstruyendo Patagonia in February, 2010. There were 20 instructors and 120 participants. I taught courses on how to make and apply earthen paints and plasters and created sculpture with earthen material.

Program included:

Introduction to Permaculture
Permaculture and Natural Building
Passive Solar Design
Introduction to Natural Building
Composting Toilets
Solar Water Heating
Grey Water Treatment
Sacred Geometry
Green or Living Roofs
Geodesic Domes

Natural Building Techniques Covered:

Adobe Brick
Wattle and Daub
Light Straw-Clay Bricks
Earth Bag Construction
Natural Plasters
Earthen Sculpture
Tile Mosaic
Natural Paints
Insulating Panels
Cast Floor Panels


CIDEP, which stands for Center for Permaculture Research, Development and Education, is the central location for both hands-on projects and lectures. The center is a 24 acre farm in a beautiful rural area at the foothills of the Andes and 9 miles from the center of the town of El Bolson. Many sustainable systems at various stages of development exist at the center including natural windbreaks, natural buildings, alternative energy generation, passive solar systems, composting toilets, recycling, garden, and nature reserve spaces. The presence of all these systems creates a dynamic environment for participants since they actually live in and experience them.

December 27, 2009

Fuddy Now

After we put in all the windows we stuffed the walls with straw clay.
Serena and I are making the mix above.
The Fuddy ceiling is made of corrugated metal.
We put a thick layer of straw clay insulation in the roof.
We sheathed the roof with plywood.
Then we put pond liner on the roof and covered it with a thick mulch.
We completed the 1st coat of exterior plaster.
Above is Fezzo cleaning off the bottles.
The door is on and the stem wall complete!
Bottle installation.
Putting in the drainage layer with Noah.
The wood stove with built in wood block for chopping kindling.
Jur and Natalie putting in the earthen base floor.
This is what it looks like inside the Fuddy right now.
Next I will put in some shelves and do an interior plaster.
Erica Ann and the Bush family came to visit for the holidays and took this photo of us outside the Fuddy! Thanks to Fezzo for the photos for this post.