Jay C. White Cloud wrote:having an experienced traditional Adobe Artisan show you what to do and work with you would have probably created a wall just as fast, with less "purchased materials," and I would suggest it would last longer and be more natural, and repaired-alter when, and if required.
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:I am a professional builder in traditional and natural modalities...I also have a background in exotic animal husbandry (especially herpetofauna) so love what you used this for! The tortoises will love there new home I am sure.
Sean Henry wrote:I can see in the pic a small cement mixer that could be used for a test batch to see how well it will mix.
How did you become a professional builder in traditional and natural modalities?
Does this mean you are like a starving artist, or is there high demand for the sort of work you do?
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:I am a bit confused, if you are in the Arizona area, there are many suppliers and even your "yellow pages" you have an "adobe contractors" section...
No offense--it was me, and I certainly charged into this with limited knowledge. I received a $10,000 grant from AZ Game and Fish Dept for a "schoolyard wildlife habitat," so the grant was meant to cover the walls, native plants, irrigation, pathways, and seating. We are a small college, so there was not much in the way of supervisory input until they noticed that I was drastically changing the look of the courtyard--then I had plenty of (uninvited) input.
How was this "tortoise corral" planned for, and by whom? (Sorry if it was you, no offense, but a staff supervisor should have given you the info-data I just did.)
I am sorry you ran into issues with the plaster, that is very regrettable.
traditional building can be quite lucrative if you get into the right market, have the skills, and do work others cannot (or don't) do.
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