Projects

 

2017 Projects:

This year we worked on two separate projects. Cody, my 2015 apprentice, trained as a Foreman and ran his own project, building a round wood timber framed, bale cob art studio.  Cody did a great job, with the help of this years apprentices.  The other project was a timber framed, earth bag structure.  Our first one of this nature. It was hard work, but a lot of fun.

Martha’s art studio:

 

 

Nina’s Timber Framed, Earth bag structure.

2016 Project

We had a wonderful year.  It was extremely hard and it took a lot of effort but we where able to build up the straw bale walls for the Manning project, plaster the exterior walls, install the windows and doors, and finished the rough plumbing and sub floor.

 

 

We also started the construction of our family home.  Its been a long time coming, but we finally found the land to build it.

 

2015 Project

We had the honor to start on the construction of a single family dwelling for a beautiful family in our community.  This structure is the largest building we have ever attempted so far.  It’s over 2,600 square feet, with 5 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and with a full 2nd story.  The timbers are massive and it was a lot of work to get this building to the roof.  Unfortunately the rains came early and the roof was not quite done.  But in the end, everything was completed, and the roof was on just in time for the major winter rain and snow storms.

We had a wonderful group of apprentices, karma yogi’s, volunteers, and teachers.  It was such an amazing experience for all of us.  I just want to personally thank everyone that helped make this project a reality.  Your presence and love filled us and this beautiful building with divine grace.  Thank you all….

 

Round Wood Timber Framing
Round Wood Timber Framing

 



2014 Projects

This year we had the great privilege to work for and with some amazing souls.  We started off by finishing last years greenhouse.  We roofed it, built some windows and doors,  plastered the inside and outside, and laid stone around the base of the building.  It turned out beautifully, we even had help from the homeowner, her beautiful dolphin was just the finishing touch the wall needed.   Thanks to all that helped make this project possible. 

Cob Greenhouse
Cob Greenhouse
Earthen Greenhouse
Earthen Greenhouse

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We also built a beautiful natural structure for Yogoata Dairy.   It’s now called an Ash-ram, it has cinder ash on the ground, for the goats, chickens, and Donkey to roll on, so the mites don’t bother them.   The structure was built using four building techniques, round wood timber framing, stick framing, lath and plaster, and light clay filling the cavities.  

Lath and Plaster Naturaly
Lath and Plaster Naturaly

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We also had the honor to build for a close neighbor who needed a bale cob pump house.  She will use it as a cold storage, and make use of the cold water that comes from her well. 

 

Rubble trench foundation for bale cob pump house
Rubble trench foundation for bale cob pump house
Earth bags foundation
Earth bags foundation
straw bales going up
straw bales going up
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rafters going up
pondliner goin on cob pump house
pond liner going on bale cob pump house

High School Boys Building a cob pump house

 

 

Overall 2014 was a great success.  We made some great friends, fostered old friendships, and continued to live a natural healthy life, doing what we love.  Thank you to all the participants that made this a memorable year.  Many Blessings to you all. 

 

2013 Projects

This year was jam packed with many projects of all shapes and sizes. We started the year by finishing the Bale-Cob Classroom, which is now named The Temple of Joy. 

Temple of Joy 2013
Then we started work on the Goat Shack….
Goat Shack

During all these projects, we kept working on the Wright Family Art Studio…. 

Wright Family House

And then we built a bale cob greenhouse.  It was a fun filled year, thank you all for making 2013 a wonderful year. 

Greenhouse

2012 Project, The Bale-Cob Shop

We constructed a 200 square feet bale-cob shop.  This shop gave us the opportunity to practice round wood joinery  and fine tune the unforeseeable problems before we construct the larger structure mentioned above.  This project allowed the apprentices to see the construction of the building up to the installation of the roof.  In reality this was a perfect size building for a first time builder.  It is alway recommended to start small, and add on as time and money allow. 

Cleaning out the trench
Cleaning out the trench
Setting the Sonotubes that will hold up the timbers for the structure.
Setting the Sonotubes that will hold up the timbers for the structure.
Sonotubes are cut, forms are in, and ready for the cement bond beam as requested by the Engineer.
Sonotubes are cut, forms are in, and ready for the cement bond beam as requested by the Engineer.
Felling Cedar, after shopping in the forest for our timber posts.
Felling Cedar, after shopping in the forest for our timber posts.
Rock face is on, form boards are off, and 1st layer of the cob bond beam is on.
Rock face is on, form boards are off, and 1st layer of the cob bond beam is on.
starting to add the Straw bales and slip, as we cob the corners.
starting to add the Straw bales and slip, as we cob the corners.
The corner cedar post goes up.
The corner cedar post goes up.
The south side cedar post are going up.
The west side cedar post are up.
South Side Cedar Post are going up.
South Side Cedar Post are going up.
Lifting up cedar top plate on south side
Lifting up cedar top plate on south side
South View of the Balecob Shop.
South View of the Balecob Shop.
The joists are going on the balecob shop
The joists are going on the balecob shop
The King Cedar Post is up, the roof is on its way...
The King Cedar Post is up, the roof is on its way…
The ridge beam is up
The ridge beam is up
The rafters are going up.
The rafters are going up.
Rafters are just about done.
Rafters are just about done.

2011 Projects, The Bale-Cob Classroom

Balecob Classroom

starting the rock stem wall
Great day of rock stacking
Starting the first layer of the cob bond beam
Cob making for the cob stem wall
The Straw bales go up

Pond Liner for the Living Roof

Balecob Class room as of Dec. 2011
Making the scratch coat plaster for the 2012 apprentices.
Making the scratch coat plaster for the 2012 apprentices.
2012 Living With Spirit Group learning how to plaster.
2012 Living With Spirit Group learning how to plaster.
2012 Living With Spirit Plastering the Bale Cob Classroom
2012 Living With Spirit Plastering the Bale Cob Classroom
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Oliver cleaning off the rocks.
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2012 Apprentices and Living With Spirit finished the scratch coat plaster on the outside of the Bale-Cob Classroom.
Finished Scratch Coat plastering inside and out. Closing the door until next year.
Miguel gives his okay as we finished scratch coat plastering inside and out. Closing the door until 2013 year.

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2010 Project, Spirit Pine Dojo

Spirit Pine Dojo 

Dojo post lifting
North side of Dojo
South side of Dojo
Dojo North Side close up

2010 Project

Cob Sauna

Kids help dig trench for foundation
The trench is almost ready
playtime!
Rock stacking for the stem wall
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