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natural building bellingham

a forum for questions, answers and community around earthen and alternative construction in Whatcom Co.

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Natural Builders and Teachers Wanted!

Started by Mark Thompson. Last reply by Tiffany Marie Geaudreau Feb 9, 2014. 1 Reply

We are a nonprofit camp near Lake McMurray WA. And we would like to add natural buildings to our property.  We would also love to host natural training in gardening, and eco-friendly practices.  This…Continue

Tags: Learn, Camp, Retreat, Teach, Consultant

natural building educator flies coop

Started by Rob Van Arsdale May 5, 2011. 0 Replies

well friends it has been an eventful spring, we built two new earthovens in bellingham,an i have moved on towards the southwest. I will be keeping some roots in bellingham as our cabin will be rented…Continue

village life

Started by Rob Van Arsdale. Last reply by Laura J Sellens Oct 19, 2010. 2 Replies

I recently spent a month up at OUR eco village on vancouver island and a few things came to light for me and my reasons why Im a natural builder.First the background... I have been a part of OUR for…Continue

why natural building?

Started by Rob Van Arsdale. Last reply by Joseph Ford Aug 24, 2010. 7 Replies

Natural building, can be described as any construction process in which takes into consideration the embodied energy, ecological impact, and life cycle of materials used and techniques employed. As a…Continue

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Comment by Jamie Jedinak on August 23, 2010 at 9:48pm
so Rob, was the cob building at Elaine's canceled for a later date or scratched?
Comment by Heather K on August 23, 2010 at 9:16pm
Rob- beautiful pic of masonry bench heater!
Do you know if anyone in whatcom county has one in their home?
Maybe someday we'll have a tour for homes or 'shelters' using natural building materials like cob!

I posted some info I learned from Sunray & Bonnie during a recent visit to their homestead that contains many older cob homes, on the discussion 'Why Natural Building?':
Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on August 23, 2010 at 5:41pm
A workshop up-date to any interested folks!
We will be meeting at my place at Owl farm on the north end of griffith ave for an informal cobbing and open home gathering on saturday 28th from 10 am on. We will be cobbing a small wall and applying a plaster coat to an existing wall. stop on by and check it out!
if its raining saturday we will be around sunday, if your not sure call
the office @ 360-393-5135
in community,
rob Van Arsdale
Comment by Laura J Sellens on August 7, 2010 at 1:48am
beautiful! thanks for posting! I just saw the cob oven at the Oasis up close and personal. Very cool. My schedule is changing right now but I'm still hoping to plug in to the critter cage project. Everything I see and learn about cob and natural building, I like it more and more. What are the downsides?
Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on August 6, 2010 at 7:15pm
Cindi, Jane,
here is a photo of the style of masonry bench heater that I participated in building. I apprenticed in East germany with a restoration builder for three months in 2004 I lived and worked with him as we restored 18th century timberframe barns and homes. Eckhard had built ten mass heaters at that time, I assisted in constructing the inner workings of a bench similar to the one pictured

Comment by Jane Campbell on August 3, 2010 at 9:41pm
Great to know there is some local experience with masonry heaters.
I'm in the process of doing more research on the subject.
Depending on how things go, I may be calling upon your knowledge.
Comment by Cindi Landreth on August 3, 2010 at 2:08pm
Hi Rob - any chance you might have photos of what you worked on? Were you part of a team that worked on one or did you design and build it yourself or ???
Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on August 3, 2010 at 1:56pm
I have studied and built a version of a masonry heater in Germany and would love the chance to create one here in whatcom
Comment by Cindi Landreth on August 2, 2010 at 1:45pm
Hi Jane
Not sure if you have heard of my (and my husband's) company - A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio [ ] but I think we could do a consultation that could take care of most if not all of your questions. 360-734-5275 x 105
Comment by Jane Campbell on August 1, 2010 at 6:04pm
Greetings! I have many questions around a renovation project that my family is undertaking. Recommendations for local trades people or consultants skilled in eco-remodelling would be great. In particular, I am curious about lighting alternatives, sound proofing, flooring and heating.
With respect to heating, I am interesting in converting an existing, inefficient fireplace into a masonry stove.
Thank you, community!

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