June 5, 2016 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
We love to build with earth at Ampersand! We have strawbale cottages covered with local earth plasters. We have a hybrid home made with rammed earth, strawbale, as well as post and beam with a framed attached greenhouse. Earthen building techniques are essential to every structure we have crafted at our site. We will tour these buildings and review how they were built from the ground up. See how we have used adobe bricks, cob, earthbags, earthen relief sculptures and finish plasters.
Learn the properties of interior and exterior earthen plasters. Understand when to use local soils and when you need just the right combinations of clay and sand and other additives like wheat paste. We will draw recipes from Carole Crews’ book Clay Culture and adapt them to use locally harvested materials.
Get hands-on with finish plasters and/or clay paints that we make together.
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$60 discounts available