Hey everyone! I have access to a lot of empty grain bags. They are the plastic burlap or almost tyvek type, and they are great for dirt bag construction. They must get stucco or some other covering as they will photo-degrade, but great for walls, etc.
I have access to a steady supply and want to divert them from the landfill. Let me know if anyone wants these great reusable bags. Must pick them up.
On Sun, 4/20/14, Heather <[address removed]> wrote:
Subject: [naturalbuilding-4] Satuday the 26th - it is urbanite stacking time!
To: [address removed]
Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014, 2:35 AM
Hello friends and
Natural Building enthusiasts!
This is an update to let
you know the plan for next Saturday’s
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
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
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
We will dry stack these
pieces on Saturday, meaning we will
fit them in place without mortar. This may be strangely and
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
Looking forward to
Saturday, and very much looking forward
to seeing old friends and new ones!
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