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natural building
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This badge is about building big things.    Build experiences with several styles of natural building that work in a cold climate, with the grand finale being a wofati.

Natural building.  This means no plywood, OSB, waferboard, particle board, etc.  Zero use of commercial glues, paints, cements or man-made materials.  Go easy on the dimensional lumber and fasteners.

sand badge
(“lloyd list”) do 3 of the following:
   - create 12 adobe bricks 12x6x3
   - make a natural paint and paint a 4x8 area
   - make white wash and use it on a 4x8 area
   - use low grade cob to fill between logs in a wofati - 20 feet
   - create a rock foundation under a skiddable structure to level the structure
   - add 25 square feet of roof (cedar shakes or similar style of wood roof) to a structure


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.
build a tiny shed on skids
   - 6 feet wide, 3 feet deep, holds garbage cans and some tools and has a bench on the back side
Build a cob sink
(Donkey’s list) complete 2
   - tree stand
   - Build a solar finder, locate true solar south and leave a permanent marker
   - Hang a door using handmade wooden hinges
   - Build garden gate from found or harvested objects
   - Earth plaster a wall, with varying patterns and color
       - Minimum of 7 feet tall, 10 feet long, at least 2 colors and you made the plaster/paints
   - dirt and linseed oil floor
   - Fill Slip/straw (slip/fill) wall
       - Must be minimum 7 feet tall by 8 feet long by 8 inches thick
   - Build short, dry stack rock foundation
   - Build adobe brick and cob bench
       - 2 butts wide minimum
   - Clay paint a room or rooms
       - Make the paint and cover a minimum of 80 linear feet of wall (equivalent to 20X20 room, all walls)

wood badge
Finish the Donkey list
Build operating window, including frame from scratch
straw bale wall in a wofati
home made wood ash cement
   - 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 and at least 100 square feet of root cellar space
Complete One Of:
   - Cob floor
   - wattle and daub wall for a berm shed
   - Lime plaster a wall or set of walls
   - tree house
       - Must be at least 10 feet off the ground, 70 square feet and have 7 feet of head clearance
   - Build a cob bench with a roundpole construction roof.
   - Build adobe doghouse (or faerie house) with Nubian vault roof
   - Cob sun trap
       - Wall is at least 15 linear feet, height at least 6 feet, arched pass through with door or gate
   - a piece of an outdoor classroom with a rumford fireplace

iron badge

build a wofati and live in it for a winter
   - minimum of 200 square feet interior
   - 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
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currently, donkey is doing a lot for the straw and wood badges.   I think they are about 90% complete.   We hope to update this wiki page in a few days.
 
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Thanks to Shawn and Kirk "donkey" Mobert for lots and lots of help with this badge!
 
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I like to think, that in time, the sand badge will fill out with 50 to 80 different small projects, each on a list.  

I just saw this today and this has some really good experiences with sand, clay and polishing.  Maybe it would be on a list for the sand badge some day

 
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Could we adjust the sand BB for a 25 sq ft shake roof to not require it to be on a skiddable structure?  I'm thinking the hard part of that BB is putting the shakes on a roof.  Making the roof be on a skiddable structure really limits the possible audience.  For instance, Jordan just posted his cedar shake roof project over Here.  I'd certify it for the BB in a heartbeat if it weren't for the skiddable detail.
 
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Mike Jay Haasl wrote:Could we adjust the sand BB for a 25 sq ft shake roof to not require it to be on a skiddable structure?  I'm thinking the hard part of that BB is putting the shakes on a roof.  Making the roof be on a skiddable structure really limits the possible audience.  For instance, Jordan just posted his cedar shake roof project over Here.  I'd certify it for the BB in a heartbeat if it weren't for the skiddable detail.



Make it so.
 
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It's been updated!  Thanks Paul
 
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I believe I've completed the Natural Building badge

Level a skiddable structure
Make adobe bricks
Use cob for wofati walls
 
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Looks good Mike!!! Excellent skiddable structure.
 
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