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Re: [naturalbuilding-4] Satuday the 26th - it is urbanite stacking time!

From: user 1.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:16 PM
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.

Mike Baker
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
 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
 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
 may have.
 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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