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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 youtube.com- 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 http://www.ferrocement.com 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…

-Deek


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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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