Now on to a slightly larger project. I have joined forces with Bay Area Architect, Bob Theis, to finish a strawbale building for an inter-tribal Native American sacred land. The project was started last summer by another person, but they were unable to complete it as started. It is interesting coming into a project that you didn't begin, but so far we are making the best of it. It has an octagonal framework with strawbale infill, cobbed windows, skylight & living roof.
The first week on the project we were assisted by an Americorps Crew, Hoopa Tribal Community Civilian Corps (TCCC). It was interesting getting muddy with these young natives, whom for the most part were delighted with the change of tasks--building with alternative materials instead of maintaining trails.
Octagonal roof framing
Setting up the plaster prep area, glorious shade!
Bob demonstrated how to tie a custom bale
Gravel bag course work for the foundation
Yoshi, fills voids with a clay-straw mix
Processing local soil, from pile to plaster
Tracy Thieriot (Tactile Interiors) and her assistant Yoshi work on filling the structure
Americorps crew members make fill mix, essentially straw-clay that is really heavy on the clay
Covering the bales with slip