Saturday, June 6, 2009

Building With Earth!

So if you have spent any time around Mike and I you have heard about earthen ovens and cob houses. Here are a few pictures of our first solo attempt of building with earth. The material is sand, clay, and soil with insulating layers that also include wood chips, sawdust, and straw. The first picture is of the brick arch and the soil form that we built on top of. The second is after the dense layer (or heat holding layer) has been formed. We have to do two more layers tommorow and then will post pictures of the finished project and our first baking.

Amara helps us it is hard to keep this child from eating stuff!

And the close up!