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Summer Workshop, July 2002

The July 2002 workshop group was small, but easly the most experienced so far. Douglas, Mary Kay and Charlie all had participated in past workshops; Brenda, Evan and Jon of the Madison Children's Museum had built with straw-clay and earthen plaster when they worked with Lou on the award-winning First Feats museum exhibit.

circle of straw-clay tossersA classic circle toss, mixing the straw and clay slip. Our little group hand mixed and packed the North wall of the Connector in about a day's time. We plastered too and listened to fine evening presentations: Electro-Ecologist Spark Burmaster spoke about healthy wiring; Andy Pace of Safe Building Solutions described AFM's non-toxic finishing materials; Professor Jim Wasley showed slides of healthy homes around the country; and Douglas Piltingsrud again delved into clay science.


Mary Kay wields the drill-mixer
Mary Kay mixes a batch of clay slip

Brenda in a mask
Despite allergies, Brenda soldiers on

 

Douglas with the tamper
Douglas firmly tamps a corner full

Jon in action mode
'Little' Jon and the bamboo reinforcing

 

Charlie and the pitchfork
Charlie gleans a forkful of fallen straw-clay mix

Evan on the frame
Evan climbs into position for some stomping

 
John delivers a handfull teamwork on the scaffold

Straw-clay teamwork near the top of the wall -- Douglas, Charlie and John.


More photos of past hands-on home building workshops:
Autumn '01 | Spring '02 | Summer '02 | Summer '03 | Autumn '03


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