Adventures in adobe

Knowing that we want to build a more permanent structure, we were interested to learn more about traditional adobe construction using the materials that we have on-hand. Ben lead the charge after we watched a variety of how-to videos on YouTube.

The first step was to figure out if the native soil had the correct sand/clay composition. All of our samples from the immediate area turned out to be a reasonable mix. Next, Ben built a traditional 14″x20″ form for two bricks. (Full-scale production would require many more forms with 6-8 bricks in each.) Instead of the traditional straw addition to the wet mix, Ben opted to use the plentiful local pine needles and under-tree ‘duff’. Finally dried in the sun for several days, Ben had one very good brick and one that didn’t hold up so well.

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Welp here's the first, of many I'm sure, #testbatch 4 parts dirt to 1 part pine needles and other #forestfloor goodness. I'll let you know how it goes. #buildingwithmud #adobe #trynewthings #tryoldthings #sahaleeviews #yurtlife

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​Camping Gear & Food

There’s no better way to explore the great outdoors than by packing up a backpack and hitting your local hiking trail.

​​Carry enough food and water to see ​yourself through the​ entire trip.

Since this little experiment, we have come to know about these extremely helpful resources:

https://www.adobeinaction.org/

https://www.cstones.org/

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We will continue to add more as we learn more about this low-cost building technique.

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