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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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Latest Activity: Mar 26, 2018

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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 September 5, 2010 at 12:50pm
I would like to help out and learn! Thanks for the opportunity....glad to help settle you three in for winter..... :)
Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on September 5, 2010 at 11:57am
I am looking for a few folks who would like to learn and experience
lime plaster, as I am planning to cover my cob walls in late september early october. I can see three or four of us completing this in a day or two.
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on August 27, 2010 at 10:26pm
I plan to be there, need to go and then can return later depending on whats happening with your project! See you tomorrow....
Comment by Lori Jo on August 26, 2010 at 10:11pm
Here is the wall, made of my dirt with straw added (i didn't add sand). It seems to be hold up well. I plan to cement the inside with chicken wire reinforcement. I've never seen this done before - I hope it works.
Comment by Lori Jo on August 26, 2010 at 10:10pm

Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on August 26, 2010 at 11:27am
great Lori, it will be great to see you out here,
some photos would be great,
the property is at the north end of griffith ave. take marine about 10 min drive past old town cafe, the first right past fort bellingham market is griffith ave., follow the road north as it turns to gravel.
hope to see yall there
Comment by Lori Jo on August 25, 2010 at 10:16am
I'm Lori Jo and anyone is welcome to visit my pond - I'm just experimenting - time will tell if it works - so far the walls are holding but it has only been through one big rain. I'm going to go to Griffin street on Sat. so I'll try to remember to bring photos. Or better yet I'll take some more and post them.
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on August 24, 2010 at 11:36pm
YES please let me know...I will be busy the weekend of the permaculture workshop though and the colder weather is coming....I dont know a Lori jo
Comment by Forest Garden on August 24, 2010 at 6:48pm
We have begun to gather resources for our natural building projects that will be built in the community.A downtown site is prepared to accept all we can collect...
Local tree workers have been contacted and asked to begin harvesting branches and trees in ways that we can utilize for our natural building projects.
Contact us at Forest Garden if you want to participate in this community effort. If we identify projects that can be built in private or public landscapes we can begin to gather the resources that will make these endeavors affordable !
Comment by Forest Garden on August 24, 2010 at 6:36pm
Hey Jamie - Thanks for asking...The project is not scratched !
We will be moving that project back till mid September when more people have time to be notified!
Let me know if you want to help out with our prep work it is really an interesting process.... Any chance we can visit the pond that is being built by Lori Jo ?

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