straw badge complete all the BBs in the “lloyd list”
Find and assess clay sub-soil for making cob/adobe bricks, try different mixes, keep notes, test them to destruction (smash with hammer, toss in fire, etc), choose best mixes.
- Try at least 2 different kinds of clay subsoil
- Try at least 2 different kinds of sand
- Document at least 12 different individual experiments (adobe bricks). Show your notes.
- Document your process, how much sand of what type, how much soil of what type?
- Show shake test results, show mix results. Explain your thinking for the selection process.
- Make 50 adobe bricks from your best candidate mix.
- Make 6 minute video detailing your process and showing your final product.
build a tiny shed on skids
- 6 feet wide and 3 feet deep
- hold one garbage can
- hold one sand barrel (for winter traction)
- hold one recycling can
- maybe a shovel or two
- maybe offer power and/or water - has a bench built in to the back side so people can sit under the roof
Build a cob sink
- Plaster with earthen plaster
- Include drain pipe and plumbing/faucet
- Oil with drying oil (linseed, tung, hemp, etc) and burnish till glossy
- When dried, it must hold water overnight without becoming soft or muddy
- Provide images of your process, stages of the build
- Provide video of inspecting the sink after holding water for a minimum of 12 hours. Show edge details, show that water has NOT seeped under or into the sink body.
(Donkey’s list) complete 2
- tree stand
- 15 feet up minimum
- 1 foot by 2 feet seat
- Ladder going up
- Build a solar finder, locate true solar south and leave a permanent marker
- Photograph the site before building your solar finder
- Photograph your finder on the site and prepared to mark
- Photograph your morning marks and your afternoon mark, as you make them
- Photograph the resulting marks that indicate Solar South
- Repeat this process 3 separate times on the same site and finder.
- Correct for errors and permanently mark the site for true Solar South (pictures!)
- permanent marker can be dry stack or something else weather resistant
- Hang a door using handmade wooden hinges
- includes making the wood hinges
- if you think of making this like a metal hinge, the job becomes three times bigger
- Build garden gate from found or harvested objects (take a look at woodland care)
- Must not sag
- Can be round or square wood
- Can use metal parts or be entirely metal
- Must be large enough to push a wheelbarrow through, without barking knuckles.
- Must be deer and dog proof
- Hang it! (can be on garden fence or wall)
- Earth plaster a wall, with varying patterns and color
- Minimum of 7 feet tall
- Minimum of 10 feet long
- Must use at least 2 different colors
- Must make your own plasters/paints
- Must have a pattern, stamped or sculpted into the wall
- dirt and linseed oil floor
- at least 100 square feet
- Fill Slip/straw (slip/fill) wall
- Must be minimum 7 feet tall
- Must be minimum 8 feet long
- Must be Minimum 8 inches thick
- Build short, dry stack rock foundation
- 18 inches above grade
- 18 inches below grade
- 18 inches wide
- 6 feet long
- Build adobe brick and cob bench
- Must be comfortable sitting height or include foot rest
- Must have backrest
- 2 butts wide minimum
- Roof not required, but helpful (makes for a larger project)
- Plasters not required, though nice sitting surface is.
- Clay paint a room or rooms
- Minimum 80 linear feet of wall (equivalent to 20X20 room, all walls)
- Make the paint
- May require adhesion coat on surfaces like wood
wood badge Finish the Donkey list
Build operating window, including frame from scratch
- Must open/close
- Build all pieces from wood, cut and fit
- Install glazing (glass, single or double is good; waxed paper or oiled animal skin is good too.)
- Window sill must shed water aggressively
straw bale wall in a wofati - at least 10 feet long
- at least 8 feet tall
- 3 layers of plaster, both sides
- wall is “mouse tight”
- includes at least one door or one window
home made wood ash cement
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP0t2MmOMEA - build one of the following:
- 5 gallon plant pot
- 5 gallon water trough
- combination bird bath and insect watering station
- 3 flow form water aerators
Build freezer wofati
- at least 100 square feet of freezer space
- at least 100 square feet of root cellar space
- wall with door between freezer space and root cellar space - slip straw
- exterior uphill wall with door - slip straw
complete one of:
- Cob floor
- at least 100 square feet
- Show images of the build phases; underlayment, drain layer, insulation (if any), road base and top-coat.
- When the top coat is dry, oil the floor using a drying oil (linseed, tung, hemp seed, etc.) until the floor is full and ready to rest.
- wattle and daub wall for a berm shed
- at least 8 feet wide
- at least 7 feet tall
- can include a door and a window
- Finish Plaster (both sides)
- Lime plaster a wall or set of walls
- At least 16 feet long (total)
- At least 7 feet tall
- Must have door and window (doors and windows increase difficulty)
- All 3 major coats (Scratch,brown,finish)
- tree house
- Must have sleeping space
- Must have space to store gear
- Must average 10 feet off the ground or above
- Must be a minimum of 70 square feet
- must have a head clearance inside of 7 feet
- Does not have to be insulated
- Must be mouse-tight
- Build a cob bench with a roundpole construction roof.
- Think about the intent of this bench. When will it be in use and why? Is it a place to read in the shade on a hot afternoon or is it a perfect location to view sunsets? Should it be cool and shady or warm in the evening?
- Orient the build to the sun. Whether the intent is to provide shade or capture heat, arrange the pieces so it will accomplish this passively.
- Provide notes with images of the bare site, why you chose it and what you hope to do there.
- Show images of each stage of the building process: foundation, cob work, roofing.
- How will this roof shed weather to protect the cob? Will it have a snow load, how will you deal with that? Show images of overhangs or gutter/downspout details.
- Show images of ground works and site drainage. Is the bench susceptible to surface water problems? How will you deal with this?
- Create a plan for maintenance.
- Build adobe doghouse (or faerie house) with Nubian vault roof
- Waterproof top, using earthen plaster (no plastic)
- Linseed or lime mixes acceptable for roof
- Provide proper downspouts
- Drystack stone foundation
- Cob sun trap
- Wall minimum length, 15 linear feet
- Minimum height, 6 feet tall
- Proportion of 1 thick to 6 tall
- Include gravel drainage trench below foundation with drain to daylight
- Include rock foundation at least 18 inches tall
- Include arched passthrough, hang a door or gate
- Include sculpted niches for flowerpots and/or tools - Include roofing to protect wall
- Include sitting area and room for plantings/trees
- Black plaster and weatherproof
- a piece of an outdoor classroom with a rumford fireplace
- cob bench with roof over the bench
- 15 linear feet
- Rumford must include chimney
- Rumford must heat persons, seated on the cob bench.
- Firewood storage, minimum of 4 feet cubed, under cover.
build a wofati and live in it for a winter
- sleeping space (twin size or larger)
- rocket wood cook stove (rocket badge)
- rocket oven (rocket badge)
- a sink-like place to wash dishes
- place to store food and related kitchen gear
- area on top of wofati is fully planted
- place to sit and eat for four people (from woodworking badges)
- willow feeder can be a separate structure (willow feeder badge)
- minimum of 200 square feet interior
- cob floor
- one magnificent thing
o round door
- well insulated (so, at least 8 inches thick)
- at least 6 feet in diameter
- hinge point is outside of the door
- latch mechanism is in direct center of door
o taller structure with a magnificent loft space
o working with art and/or oddly shaped round wood
- the amount of work is clearly as much (or more) than making a magnificent round door
- “art” is difficult to measure. good chance that the evaluator might say “more”
o 600 square feet
o double deck
o 10 foot eave instead of 5 foot eave
o indoor bathroom
- shower - willow feeder
- must be a door and window on the uphill side, and another door and window on the downhill side
- mouse tight (mice cannot get in)
- doors have wood hinges
- uphill and downhill walls are super insulated
o straw bale
o slip straw
o double wall
o possibly with one or more bee hives
- structure must be 100% complete by october 15. “live in it for a winter” means october 15 to march 20 with being gone for no more than 7 days. (online daily selfie photo journal including inside and outside temp?)