Welcome to Camp Latgawa, and the 2009 West Coast Natural Building Colloquium
This is an annual gathering of professional and aspiring Natural Builders, who have come to share their stories, experiments and successes, discuss the state of the world, brainstorm ways to effect the main stream and build a few things while we're here!
Most of my photos are from the building projects that were going on during the week.
Peeling round poles for a new shade structure frame
Decorative hempcrete clings to a pole
This 10 year old plaster job is ready for a fresh coat
Well, we just so happen to have 70 creatives ready to fix that
Austin concentrates on his plaster job
the main gathering area comes together
the back of the bench
Darrel DeBoer teaches about bamboo construction
Julia tries a notch
fish trusses are fun
hose clamps make a connection without making any holes in the bamboo
Curving bamboo o'er an openfire
fish truss roof frame almost done
Sebastian attaches the posts and sheer bracing
good thing we had plenty of bales around
Chris and Jen from Ontario teach about Pre-fab Strawbale
Plaster is applied horizontally and saves lots of time.
Compressing the bales into the form
Big leaf maple prints in the plaster
Bob Theis leads an entry sequence revision. A new gabion retaining wall and curve is added the the entrance so that cars will park instead of drive into the camp. Perhaps the most important project we did this week.
Also, let's build a Rumford Fireplace down by the creek. With Ianto Evans here, how could we refuse?
a teepee frame in the meadow
a tiny little cottage, kids built this one a few years ago
i get an aerial silk lesson from a talented young girl
and there's even time for hikes in creek which surrounds this magical place on three sides
a newborn tree grows out of the moss-covered rock
mushrooms fruit from beneath fallen leaves
Two mushroom hunters accompany me on the hike
Art Ludwig leaves a cairn
Hope to see you all again next year!