Sepp has an amazing mind for design. I wonder, does anyone know of a material that could be used in placed of the tarp (or lake sealer or what ever it is) between the logs and the dirt, that isn't made from oil? or is the water protecting layer even necessary? i'm not sure but it seems to me people must have been building root cellars with nothing but dirt walls for ages, also, wow those are huge rocks! i guess rocks like that are easier to find where hes from, here that many rocks that size and moving them in would be quite the expensive job
Zach Weiss wrote: Below is a picture of the new kind of root cellars Josef has been building at the Krameterhof. The one that I will build for a client this spring will be this style. So I have not built one myself yet but I have seen several different types and through multiple workshops with Sepp understand the process well. I will also be teaching a workshop on Holzer style earth stables later this year in Wisconsin.
These are made with timbers stacked similarly to a log house and then lined with EPDM pond liner and a dimple shield membrane. This style is used predominantly as a root cellar.
Zach Weiss wrote:... I will also be teaching a workshop on Holzer style earth stables later this year in Wisconsin.
Hi Zach, just curious...where and when might this workshop be?
Zach Weiss wrote:
It is very important to note that Sepp is only using very rot resistant species such as Black Locust and Larch, this is the primary reason that these earth stables last so long. I would expect a structure like this to last around 50 years, potentially much longer in drier climates.
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