|Sent on:||Sunday, January 27, 2013 1:49 PM|
....An absolutely wonderful afternoon, in my opinion.
An idea I have considered since yesterday evening pitching for the February meeting seems to fit well with the options you are considering, and so I'll go ahead and put it in now: I thought we might consider making a natural building gift for our hosts at mosnart (www.tallskinny.com/mosnart), namely perhaps something like a handmade natural brick with a Tadelakt coating. Of course the idea is open to fine tuning, alteration, or even nixing: It's just one of many possibilities for involvement. Even if we couldn't come up with a natural brick, a found or salvaged brick or item with Tadelakt coating is likely to be appreciated and even adored.
Furthermore, for anyone interested more in salvaged materials on good resource with plenty of inventory is Old Growth Trading Company (www.oldgrowthtradingco.com) in Hampshire, IL about 1.5 hours west of the city. It's a call-before-you-come type of operation, but the stock includes antique barn boards and timbers, whole barn frames, salvaged industrial flooring (which is sometimes two or more inches thick), and odds and ends such as cut stones and weathervanes. The owner worked for the government restoring historic monuments, and has collected for decades. He'll also mill antique timbers and size and plane boards.
It was delightful to see everyone yesterday and play in the weeds. (What a jackpot of materials; next winter we might want to rent a box truck.) It was especially nice to meet the newcomers, both fascinating people who I'm glad are interested and involved in natural building. Our events tend to be not just educational but also inspiring, and I was inspired by you. Yesterday we got the added treat of amazement, and I'm grateful to have gotten to have time with you in such an environment.
Thanks, too, to everyone working behind the scenes with planning, consultation, and whatever else you're doing. I look forward to the last Saturday of February, and hope to be in communication with the group in the meantime.
We had a BEAUTIFUL day yesterday - an absolutely magical phragmite collection day. Heels and Wheels Auto Spa at 12002 S. Doty Road was a gracious host, allowing us use of their bathrooms. Interstate truckers shared coffee and conversation with us. We spent the second part of the afternoon meeting new friends in Pullman who know how to do slate shingles for roofs and facades with low tech hand tools (!!!) and are willing to teach us.
It all ended with a full moon!
Pictures of the thatch collection have been posted to the meetup site :)
Looking ahead to February's meeting, we will probably be indoors. Let me know if there is interest in mixing/applying natural plaster, or in viewing a film about natural building. We can do either one.
If anyone is engaged in a natural building project - please consider hosting an event. It was great working in another part of the city yesterday and we should do more of it.
Lastly, thanks a million to those who paid meetup dues (suggested $10 per year per family). Everyone is always welcome to come to everything regardless of ability to contribute financially, but all expenses (primarily the bi-annual fee for the meetup site) that aren't covered by meetup dues I pay out of pocket, so I really appreciate any annual contributions from those who can afford them.
Looking forward to seeing you soon-