Sunday, September 26, 2010

work party: earth plaster

It always amazes me what a group of friends can accomplish in a day. After spending the last week prepping the straw walls for plastering by filling in the gaps and cracks with a slipstraw mixture, several shifts of friends helped us cook along by applying the first layers of earth plaster to the bales walls. We spend the afternoon working a thin mixture of clay, sand and water into the bales and following up with a thicker mix to build up the low spots and even out the surface. We made tremendous progress and are so thankful for all of our friends who came to lend a (now incredibly softer) hand.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Work Party!

We had a great day on Saturday, with a few friends that gathered for a work party. We started the slip-straw process, which fills in the cracks and gaps between the straw bales with straw covered in a thin clay slip. We made great progress and look forward to getting the first layer of plaster up in the next few weeks