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 »
This was one of my first cob building experiences. I took this cob bench workshop with Jack Stephens, and in exchange as a work-trade, I built the roof structure. The roof uses all reclaimed lumber and pier footings. The bench serves as a bus stop for the children in the local community and it is a welcoming feature of the Maitreya EcoVillage.
This was my B. Arch Thesis project at Cornell University. I developed a theory called 'Macrobiotic Design' which centered around site harvested materials, seasonal adaption and occupant awareness. After presenting the theory for my final review, I spent six months putting the ideas to the test and building a small structure for real. This exercise opened me up to the world of natural building and I am grateful for the experience. It's open to the public along the trail to Six Mile Gorge, if you are in Ithaca, please visit!