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Natural Building:
timberframeround polestick framebamboostraw balestraw-claychip-slipadobecobcordwoodstoneurbaniteliving roof
Artisan Finishes:
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Sep 2011

Hummingbird Wholesale

Eugene, Oregon

Hummingbird Wholesale is an organic bulk food distribution company based in Eugene, Oregon. They recently moved into a new facility and wanted to showcase their values by building their showroom facade with strawbales and earth plaster. Eugene-based architect, Nir Pearlson, whom I used to work for, brought me on board to consult and construct Eugene's first permitted commercial straw bale wall. It was an interesting experience working on such a large job site (36,000 square feet!) alongside many builders whom had never heard of natural construction before. It was an amazing opportunity to spread the word about natural building and demonstrate how beautiful building with mud can be.

Special thanks to all of the building team: Casey Slezak, Mark Lombard, Fezzo… Read More »

May 2011

Chip-Slip Sauna

Eugene, Oregon

This is a classy 12-person sauna made with round poles, heavy timbers and chip-slip infill. I was honored to work with Rio Roi and Jonathan Beech, two excellent Oregon carpenters, to create this magical building.The corner posts were quartered from a single cedar log. The walls are filled with wood chips coated in clay and earth plastered with local soil and finished with Linseed oil. The interior is lined with cedar boards and heated with a wood stove. There is also an outdoor shower and lots of intricate details throughout the project. The short doorway is made from a redwood slab and has a small stained glass window of Ganesh. I did several stained glass windows in the project and … Read More »

May 2011

Raven Oven

This is an earthen oven with attached cob benches in the shape of a raven. It was built at Breitenbush Hot Springs over the course of 2010-11 with a series of small efforts in which the community members could get involved with its construction. The project was organized by Sarah Crampton and the roof structure was built by one of the community members named Patrick.

Aug 2010

Strawbale Theater

Idanha Nova, Portugal

This straw bale wall encloses a movie theater and workshop area for the BOOM Festival in western Portugal. I joined a group called BambooDNA to construct two 300' diameter structures made almost entirely from bamboo. They needed sound isolation for the movie theater, so I was asked to join to help lead that portion of the bamboo build-out. Twenty volunteers from over a dozen different countries helped me slap local clay and sand on the wall and had a lot of fun in the process, even without the english language. Even though it was intended as a temporary structure, the organizers ended up liking this project so much that they decided to keep it for a local drive-in theater.

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Sep 2009

Rainwater Greenhouse

Eugene, Oregon

A passive solar greenhouse built from cob, light clay-straw and salvage materials. The existing backyard had several concrete pads for old sheds, so we cut them into squares and stacked them up for some thermal mass on the inside of the greenhouse, which are located to get direct sunlight only during the winter months. It also freed up the yard for garden space. The wood framing came from deconstructed sheds and decks on the property and we only needed to purchase a single piece of lumber! We infilled the wood frame with sculptural cob on the east and west walls, insulative clay-straw on the north wall, and reclaimed sliding glass doors as windows on the south. There are also operable … Read More »



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