We'll be building a garden wall around the Seattle Homestead property using a technique called earthbags, which are essentially sandbags filled with earth. This is an excellent technique for fast and effective natural building and should be an excellent and informative course.
Learn to build with Earthbags, aka super-adobe, which is a type of rammed earth. We will be building a tall garden wall at the Seattle Homestead. This durable and versatile building technique makes structures that can be plastered with adobe/cob, cement, or lime for a variety of finished styles. We will address plasters only briefly in this workshop. Experience wall construction hands-on and then hear lecture with slides about the many possibilities of this construction technique.
Cost: $180, Lunch is included both days.
Discounts: Get a 10% discount for each additional friend you bring AND get 10% off on your second course.
Additional Earthen Hand courses can be found at http://www.earthenhand.com/workshops/ - Earthen Hand's courses are designed to be accessible to all skill levels. Students will learn cumulatively if they attend several workshops over time.
TO REGISTER: Email Scott Howard at email@example.com and let him know you'd like to sign up for the Earthbag Building Basics course in Seattle!
We just added a new blog post with more information about the wall and what we're trying to accomplish - take a look at that as well as the pictures of what the wall will look like when complete. Here's a sampler:
This photo gives a good idea of what the wall will look like once complete. The workshop is only focused on earthbag construction, but attendees are free to join us during July weekends as we work on the stucco and finishing touches:
Here's a diagram of the size of the wall (roughly 6 ft high) and the length (about 120 feet around the yard):
And to the anti-chicken coop crowd who noticed the new coop in the diagram, don't worry, we'll be combining it with a mobile pen to allow them to graze elsewhere in our yard. ;o)