Friday, May 7, 2010

Day 127: Making Mud...



This blog is about to get really boring. Making mud by digging clay, hauling sand, fetching water, using a hoe to mix the mud in the wheelbarrow and then applying the mud to a wall of straw--certainly counts as "Human Powered Activities". And most of it is done outside.

I am working on getting this house made of mud and straw done. I have to mix hundreds of wheelbarrows full of mud to get the exterior walls, interior walls and eight inches of mud floor done. All mixed the way things should be done: by hand.

Oh we will get walks in...and some backpacking trips. There will be some visits to State and National Parks. But, for the most part, I will be working to get this house built...

2 comments:

Woodswalker said...

Sounds like hard labor, Allan. But what a reward, to have a house built by your own hand. Do you have a clay pit right on your property?

Allan Stellar said...

Hi Woods,

We dig the clay up right from the grond behind our house. The goal was to have everything on this project either be from the property (and using trees that we're bulldozed down in a fire) or recycled. We've pretty much lived up to that.

This is an instance where it is illegal to do what we have done, but not immoral. :)