This small wood-fired cob oven was built by the fourth grade class of the Eugene Waldorf School. It was a great introductory project into the world of natural building for these children, as I led them through a series of workshops which took place as their gym class once per each week. In fact, several of the students already claimed to be experts! Many hands (and feet!) make light work, so the project seemed to happen effortlessly. Big thanks to Mazzi for dreaming of this project and pulling all the right pieces together to make it happen. Now on to pizza baking class!
This small house grew significantly in livable space with this 500 sf backyard covered patio addition. Framed with round pole timbers and notched joinery, this roof structure gives a utilitarian, yet naturalist feeling. The roof covering uses clear SunTuf panels which for allow for maximum daylight while protecting the outdoor living space from the winter elements. The owners do most of the garden processing and outdoor dining in the new space.
The existing cob oven, built by the owners, gets a fancy hood to direct smoke out through the roof, made from a blue steel drum to look like a giant lotus flower.
Untitled, 8"x10"...............Finding Saturn, 18"x24"......Paisley, 5.5"x17"......Fetal Fossil, 10"x12"
These works were on display for the Last Friday Art Walk in Eugene, OR. Mixed media including clay, sand, fired ceramic, found objects, raw pigments, wax Read More »
This countertop is created with a traditional Moroccan plaster system called Tadelakt. It's a waterproof lime-based plaster that is heavily burnished with a small smooth stone and black-olive oil soap. Great for wet areas, including shower stalls. Traditionally, this technique is used to make public fountains and water features.
This particular installation is pigmented with American Clay's pigment, Palomino Valley.
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 »