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Satuday the 26th - it is urbanite stacking time!

From: Heather
Sent on: Saturday, April 19, 2014 9:34 PM

Hello friends and Natural Building enthusiasts!

This is an update to let you know the plan for next Saturday’s Monthly Meeting/workday.

After careful consideration, we are changing the plan for the stemwall from scavenged brick to urbanite. Why the change? We have to re-scavange materials anyway, since about 85% of the bricks I have are contaminated with lead paint, and after surveying the portion of the wall we built last year, brick may be too small to work well with the gravel foundation we have started with. Too much sliding around with the frost heave maybe, or maybe shifting took place because the wall was not complete and didn’t have a cohesive mass of weight and counter pressure to hold it in place better. Either way, the bricks have been a great teacher, but we are moving on.

What is urbanite? It is broken up concrete, often broken up sidewalk or driveway, which has the carbon-neutral quality of being a scavenged material rather than a manufactured one (we pretend the first time doesn’t count since it already exists anyway before we acquire it).

We will dry stack these pieces on Saturday, meaning we will fit them in place without mortar. This may be strangely and surprisingly fulfilling…at work on Pete’s stone wall several season’s ago, I think I went into some kind of trance like zone.

As always, we will be thrilled to see you whether you RSVP or not, but your RSVP helps me enormously to prepare for the day. If anyone is vegan, or has food sensitivities, please let me know so that I can accommodate you. Otherwise, cheese pizza will be served at some point when people get hungry.

It is not a bad idea to bring work gloves. I have some extra pairs, but if you have your own we will be sure to have enough to go around.

I should probably mention that we are kid friendly, if anyone wants to bring children. As always, contact me with any questions you may have.

And most important of all - a million thanks to Steve, who is bringing us the urbanite. This assistance is an absolute godsend!

Looking forward to Saturday, and very much looking forward to seeing old friends and new ones!

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