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Wattle n’ Daub- Houses Made of Poop! (really)
June 13, 2010, 10:00 am
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I’ve always been intrigued by this age-old form of building, especially since, material-wise, it would be so affordable to construct. Lo’ and behold, there are SEVERAL videos on this methodology, on Here’s one I particularly enjoyed…..

Years back, upon first reading Dan Price’s “Radical Simplicity” (Great Book!) I was inspired by one hut Dan built, which was somewhat based off the stick-weaving origins of the Wn’D approach. I always figured that such a structure, covered with some chicken wire, rebar-perhaps, and ferrocement (or solution dipped canvas, etc), would make for a cool, experimental free-form shelter. SOMEDAY, I just may try it out…

ALSO- (and the book “Ferrocement House Construction” by Garrett Connelly was sent to me recently for review (upcoming episode of “Tiny Yellow House”) check out for some other likeminded ideas. The book is great too! -And the author of such a progressively themed book is from MA, believe it or not (where I’m based)- a state so restrictive in codes that you’ll soon need applications, in triplicate, with a paid fee, to be allowed to pass wind. Just you wait…



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I had seen several fences and trellises made using stick weaving but never a dwelling. It seems like that part of it would be time consuming…but thrifty. (PS…I’m still waiting for my book ;-). Please tell me it’s in the mail!!! I know, I’m such an old nag!)

Comment by Lisa

hey Lisa- please don’t worry- I’m not going to rip you off- and with another book in the works, 2 kids, 2 bands, a tv show, several construction projects for the show, and more going on, I only get to the PO about once a week (sometimes less). The books are all shipped by media/book rate too- which isn’t all that speedy too. In anycase, it is en route- and if you don’t have it, in hand, within 6-7 days, let me know. Thanks again and take care 🙂 -Deek

Comment by relaxshax

Fun video. Haven’t tried this method. I just posted pictures of superadobe mud domes created by Cal Earth Institute. An updated mud hut technique.

Comment by Amanda

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