Hello friends and Natural Building enthusiasts!
This is an update to let you know the plan for next Saturday’s
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
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!