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! Cass the Wild Canadian’s Adventures at Wheaton Labs

 
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Hello fellow permies! My name is Cass and I’m the Canadian dude who has spent the last 3 weeks at Wheaton Labs for the 2019 PDC and ATC. Throughout the PDC I was sharing photos on the PDC participant forum, however now it’s time for me to start my own thread! Here we go.

Today I spent most of my time following Uncle Mud around.. he’s been really great to me in the short time that we have known each other. We played with some clay and sand, he gave us examples of what to look for when preparing these materials for cob building. I took the opportunity to get myself muddy for a natural body mask thing. Good fun with my American family!
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Glad you have having a great time - thanks for sharing it with us!
 
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This past weekend I took to the road with Uncle Mud, Taylor, Josiah, Zack and Kyle. Our destination was a sweet spot in a valley where some hot springs were pumped into pools. We spent hours in the healing waters as we watched the moon and listened to the coyotes howl. We talked and got an amazing chance to get to know each other.

The next morning we slowly woke from our tents and made some food. The town nearby has an amazing health grocery/cafe and some of us got lunch. What a cool place Montana is.
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The next day
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That view
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Me living it up
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Taylor at the cafe
 
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Week two of the ATC and I’m in my element!! I can’t express how much fun I had learning cob with Uncle Mud and the boots! We spent all of yesterday gathering materials from the site and mixing cob. A bunch of us even got our feet muddy mixing up the batches! We applied the rough cobs layers to the inside of Allerton Abbey where our fellow permie Jeniffer will be spending her winter months!

Alongside Uncle Mud and the cob project we had Rodney giving lessons on the almighty Hitachi excavator! We each got a turn to show him our skills and it was a blast! He also taught us some neat tricks along the way. Can’t wait to get back to the lab for some finishing cob plaster!!
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Totally jealous guys!!!  So good seeing you all having such a great time!  Thanks for the pics Cass.
 
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Berm-shed round wood timber framing at base camp. Using the tractor for the heavy lifting was a great idea!

Been trying our best to keep healthy and in shape. Nothing quite like some Montana sand yoga 🌵

The ATC is coming to an end soon and I’m really feeling connected to everyone here. Feels like home.
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Bonding with uncle Mud 🤠

I’ve been obsessed with learning cob every since I got my hands in the mix earlier this week. It was obvious and this afternoon we go a chance to get out to the lab and get some cob
on! Uncle Mud showed me the ropes for cob plaster, I now know how to rough cob and finish cob!! Goal achieved. We worked on the Wofati walls and chatted all afternoon, couldn’t have asked for anything better! I hope to get more opportunities to practice this amazing craft in the future!
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Post PDC and ATC calm. It’s been a month of non stop permaculture and networking. Humbling to say the least. Now it’s time to relax and recover 🙏
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