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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 October 17, 2010 at 12:28pm
Great to see the pics.....Fun to see the changes and evolution!!!
Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on October 16, 2010 at 10:47pm
Has anyone visited the local gravel Pits? some yards wash the clay off the Gravel into settling ponds which need dredging occasionally resulting in fantastic building material!
I just uploaded some interor shots of our cob/strawbale cabin onto my page if anyone is interested.
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on October 11, 2010 at 11:34am
is this supposed to help us choose a roof type best for rainwater catchment?
Comment by Shannon Maris on October 10, 2010 at 11:16pm
Copper and zinc are used for anti-moss treatments on/in asphalt roofs and in galvanized metal fittings/gutters, etc.
The graphs are showing that is what is showing up in the rain water off asphalt roofs.
For the metal roof, i wonder what kind of metal and if it had copper gutters or flashings..... that would justify the high copper content in rain water catchment.
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on October 10, 2010 at 9:01pm
Thanks for your attempt Steve.....I just couldn't figure out what to make of it.....
Comment by Steve Wilson on October 10, 2010 at 9:27am
...well, no, I can't. There are references cited that might be helpful.
In general, it appears that smoother roof surfaces have lower numbers than rough textured roofs.
Shannon Maris might have some comments. Shannon?
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on October 9, 2010 at 7:26pm
I looked it over but need a translation. Are you able to you sum it up? Thanks, Jamie
Comment by Steve Wilson on October 9, 2010 at 6:12pm
Last spring a Huxley student included our home (and its rainbarrels) in a study of water quality in rain catchment systems. A variety of roof types were compared. Thought this group might find it interesting. I'll post her data here: Roof Type Data.doc
Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on October 1, 2010 at 9:27am
im going out to tw's fall festival at cornwall park on saturday.
Im planning on bringing some of my building resource's and a photo album showing the construction of the cob cabin. I hope to be able to talk to folks about the advantages of building with earth and local materials and also how natural building fits in to whatcom county's energy descent plan. the event is from 3 to 7 on saturday in cornwall park. hope to see you all there !
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on September 28, 2010 at 3:00pm

I am a long time resident of Whatcom county. I have lived in Bellingham for the past 7 years stewarding on 1/2 acre in town and I am seeking to live with others and support a larger tract of land. I am currently raising chickens, dogs, cats and I am interested in learning about farm animal care/ bee keeping care/ furniture making/ tracking, survival skills/ sustainable living etc. I am handy and generous. I am experienced at food storage. I enjoy people and like to have fun while working hard.

Are you wanting to be able to go on a vacation knowing someone loving is caring for your property and your loved ones, animals, garden, home etc. Do you want to do more with your land but feel there is not enough human resource to go around and thus projects are still on the drawing board?

I am seeking a place that I may call home and join others in a rural living/sharing experience. I am a hard worker and learn fast. I am reliable and trustworthy. I have references and would love to see what is out there for me.

Some of my interests are to build my own natural alternative home, root cellar, natural bee colonies, Donkey stewardship, Llama stewardship(perhaps), various berry bushes/ orchard care, buried greenhouse(using thermal inertia), aquaculture and begin to practice many permaculture techniques. Do you have land enough for that in the future? I currently have my own cottage flowering arranging business and I am a dahlia growing fiend.

I am a single, female, 47 yrs. I moved to Whatcom county in 1981 and call this my home. I graduated from WWU in 1986 and went on with further post graduate studies.

Do you have wild land on your property, water running thru your property, pond(s)? These are qualities I seek, not a must but definitely desired option(s)

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