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The Chicago Natural Building October Meetup

  • Oct 14, 2007 · 10:00 AM
  • Jan and Lea's Adobe

Dear Natural Builders waiting to spark connections with other local enthusiasts, builders, tinkerers, thinkers, dreamers, architects, designers----

Hey ya'll,
My name is Lea. I would like to invite everyone out to our adobe on Sunday, October 14th. We would love some help on our Adobe (earthbag). I originally was inspired while taking a trip down in Summertown, Tennesse at the Farm for a National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools confrence. There they have an entire self sufficent ecovillage as they call it. They have a few cob/earthbag/strawbale houses/huts made from all organic or recycled materials. They are really beautiful. So, I decided to build one myself for my senior project with the never ending help from Jan, who you all may know already.
So here we have it- a natural earthbag hut in the middle of a cement parking lot in the forground and about 8 semi trucks in the background.. how ironic. It's a beautiful thing and we still have a long way to go. We would love for any help. I know we will all learn a lot from eachother.
Future additions: fire pit, benches, drainage route, sculpture. Oh yeah... We have a living roof on it as well! Please come out to see it and join us in maintaining our sybiotic relationship with the earth.

* Please respond with any questions and/ or concerns about the project or dates and times.
* 2225 York St. (blue Island)- (127th and California)
*my number is[masked]
*email is [masked]

From Anna: There will also be plenty of opportunity during our meeting to each talk about

-our interests in Natural Building
-what we'd like to learn
-what we what we'd like to see happen in Chicago
-projects we'd like to get our hands in
-projects we'd like others to help with

and we can all

- play!

please feel free to prepare some food or drink to share with the group! Respect,

P.S. The event fee is to help me out with maintaining the group. Its a suggested one dollar. Yahoo Meetup charges I think forty bucks to the organizer to utilize their internet forum. Ill double check on that amount... I am happy to organize and put in the effort, although I would like some monetary support from the community. Thank you!

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  • Jill & V.

    We had great fun and wonderful food ... much thanks to Jan & Lea!!!

    October 22, 2007

  • Marilea

    I can't tell you how grateful I am for the hard work Sue, victor, and Jill put into our adobe. Everyone had such briliant ideas... victor mastered the foundation, Sue puzzled the recycled assfault perfectly, and Jill was the best damn cob makin' woman I ever seen before, and Jan made the most amazing pesto pasta. The bench turned out beautiful. I am so happy and inspired to tighten up our adobe for warmth duing the cold winter.
    Thank you again for joining us. I hope everyone learned as much as I did. The bench making was a first... but now that I understand the basics I can't wait to sculpt on it. Thanks Anna for organizing this.

    October 15, 2007

  • jan f.

    We organized, mixed cob, and constructed a straw bale bench around the inside of the adobe.
    Then closed with the sharing of a garden pesto (garden) pasta and homemade goodies that everyone brought.
    Time flew and we wound up working till almost 4:00pm

    October 14, 2007

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