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Cob: remodelling - Strawboard- Papercrete recipe??Chris Holmes cholmes at magma.ca
Sun Nov 4 08:15:01 PST 2001
Suggestion for a material is a product called ISOBOARD, it is a fibreboard made of straw and non-toxic glues. If you coat it with linseed oil, or a non toxic verethane, it has a very interesting mottled golden look, manufactured in Alberta and one western state somewhere near you, you should be able to find info from a search engine. As to Papercrete, does anyone have a recipe? What can it be used for? Is it similar to the wood fibre concrete blocks that are available? Please keep the list updated on what you choose for the Cafe, I am always keen to learn about new materials to use in interiors that are interesting, inexpensive, durable, and non-toxic. Chris. cholmes at medserv.ca > > My good friend is opening a philosophy cafe/ art gallery in north Portland > soon and she has to fix up the interior to get a deal on rent. > > She and I are both students of natural building and we had some ideas > about how to approach the problem in some cheap and non-toxic, > non-polluting ways. > > First, the walls are just standard walls with no insulation at the moment, > and the same goes for the ceiling. These are the two main tasks. > > My best Idea was to try making papercrete blocks just the right size to > fit between the joists (16 inches apart?) and make a shitload of them- > enough to fill the entirety of the walls up to the ceiling. Maybe they > could be mortared in with a light lim-sand mortar. My only preoccupation > is how future remodellers will be able to deal with a lime and paper wall- > seems fine I guess. > > Now the ceiling could just be covered with boards of coarse, but maybe > there is some other alternative I haven't heard of that is available and > cheep- like some of those fiber and lime (was it?) boards that they make > by hand in Germany. We would be able to make the boards our selves to the > required dimensions. Someone mentioned these fiber (hemp maybe) boards > recently on this listserve. Please tell me again. > > Other Ideas we had included using rock board, or making our own fiber > boards for the walls and buying eco-friendly insulation. > > Under all of the above scenarios we would like to finish the wals and > maybe the ceiling with a fine earthen plaster with some sort of pigment. I > know there are some great resources out there for this by Bill and Athena > Steen and others. But I have also wondered for some time if any one out > there has ever tried simply applying pigment along with a coat or three of > linseed oil of some dilution just as a pointer doing an oil painting > would? I would really like to hear about anyone who has tried this. > > > Thanks, > > Scott > > Portland, Oregon > > > >
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