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Kiko Denzer on Art
Building your house and being organizedgoshawk at gnat.net goshawk at gnat.net
Sun Apr 20 09:52:25 PDT 1997
> Date: Sun, 20 Apr 1997 02:34:43 -0700 (PDT) > From: "Shannon C. Dealy" <dealy at deatech.com> > To: coblist at deatech.com > Subject: Nader Khalili (fwd) > Reply-to: coblist > > ---------- Forwarded message ---------- > Date: Sat, 19 Apr 1997 10:34:11 -0400 (EDT) .My wife and I were sitting down the other day attempting to get this task of building our house in to some kind of perspective so we can begin the actual process of building. Going to workshops and such are very good ways to get ready and to expand your knowledge and skills but eventually the day comes when it is time to build. The task can sometimes feel overwhelming. I know that my wife and I are up the task but at the same time I know it is going to be a major event in our lives. I remember Nader telling me that we would not be the same people when we finished our house. Now most forms of earth building are labour intensive They also lend themselves to flexible work schedules: if you plan in advance. For example always keep a pit of cob ready so you can for even an hour or two a day. I feel the cob works best when it has had a chance to sit for a bit before being worked. I work at home and often will only have an hour or two that I can put into the house. If my building material is prepared in advance then I can go down an load up the old wheel barrel and work for an hour or two. Now what about getting help in either the form of friends and neighbours or hell you might even try to put on your own mini-workshops and include some general instructions to go along with the "hands on" experience. Regardless, you will need to be even more organized in this case. When working with a crew of folks you need to put some folks to work just making sure that the folks who are building have everything they need. (keep that cob a coming). Maybe you need to keep two pits going, one to work from and one soaking and getting ready. Now building with earth is an inherently organic process. Leave production schedules and such to the building developers. Yes you need to get done but take the time as you are building to stop and think is there anything I want to add or change. We actually plan on cooking a meal in our "kitchen" when only the foundation is in place. We want to get the "feel" of the room. Then we can say let's add a cubby hole here to put spices or something. Because building with earth is such an organic process you can almost grow a house rather than build it. It grows as you get ideas while building and takes advantage of earth's flexibility. Now we live in a rather rural setting and live in a one room trailer. We anticipate (hopefully!) that some folks might want to spend the weekend working and learning and sharing. Thus we want to add some fun in the works too. Don't burn out the help. I think I've heard the cob folks sometimes play music when making cob. Great idea. We plan on cooking lots of good food and having bon fires and nights to socialize. Keep some musical instruments on hand. A little singing and dancing after a day of building can be wonderful. This is a good time to talk out ideas that may have occurred while working during the day. Adding a little fun helps encourage folks to come back and help again. Plus it is keeping in the spirit of building with earth. My wife came up with a good idea. She plans on taking the photo of everyone who helps out and in our central dome (a 22 foot diameter earth dome) she will circle the whole thing with photos of these folks building. We called it the circle of hearts because it will represent all the people who made the dream possible. Building is what forms community and community is what I think a lot of us are looking for today. Community with each other and Community with Mother Earth. See you'all at the clay pit. Pat and Carroll Newberry Mauk, Georgia. "If you don't have enouph madness in you, go and rehabilitate yourself" - Rumi
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