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Is there anyone in my area with experience in constructing the earthbag type of buildings with whom I might meet and perhaps see how it works?  
 
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fred greek wrote:Is there anyone in my area with experience in constructing the earthbag type of buildings with whom I might meet and perhaps see how it works?  


You might contact the folks at www.unitedearthbuilders.com in Joshua Tree, California. I don't think they are too far from you.
 
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I believe some of the closest people to you are in Benson, AZ.  Here is their website: My Little Homestead superadobe (earth bag) builders in Arizona

And here is a video about one of the homes they've built.  They've done a ton of little homes for and with their extremely capable kids now, and have a LOT of videos up with the process.  Including plastering, which they have some worthwhile experiences and opinions about since they tried at least a couple methods.  In my opinion, the weak point in these buildings is in the plastering method used.



I believe they did the training at CalEarth, in Hesperia, CA. CalEarth California Institute of Earth Architecture in Hesperia, CA   My husband and I did the basic training at Calearth for the building part, and additional study in Joshua Tree at the Bonita Domes, where sometimes  the owner holds day workshops showing how they were built and what she's learned in the years they've been standing.

The training at Calearth very worthwhile.  If you can make the trip for one of their workshops, you can get not only hands-on experience, but also most of your questions answered.  And you'll see their existing buildings, some of which are experimental and show a lot of learning lessons.

My husband and I are hoping to build this way in Cochise County in the future.  Keep in touch!
 
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Bill and Athena Steen are in Canelo, which is just beyond Sonoita and well worth the trip.

http://www.caneloproject.com/
 
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Even better, in your area there are rammed earth builders. Seriously beautiful buildings!
 
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If anyone is working on an earthbag project in southern AZ, and would like some help. I'd love to volunteer my time to learn more hands on building.
 
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fred greek wrote:Is there anyone in my area with experience in constructing the earthbag type of buildings with whom I might meet and perhaps see how it works?  



Hi there,
Canelo project might help, bean tree farm has rammed earth buildings,  cob or free form adobe is a good way to build around here to.
Good luck

Check this video for some inspiration

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c3TF45M8j0
 
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We will be building a superadobe home in Pearce, AZ beginning soon (next couple months or so). We plan to start with a simple small structure based on training from CalEarth, which will be used for storage/utility. From there, water storage tanks and then main home. If you'd like hands-on experience, we'd love the help!
 
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