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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 February 21, 2011 at 10:52pm


Hi Chelsea,

I would very much like to get my hands in the mud with you at the Outback!!  I have been studying for quite sometime, have helped build a coupla rocket stoves and worked a little with Rob!  Please keep me posted! 

Sincerely,  Jamie


Comment by Scott A. Sanderson on February 17, 2011 at 9:53pm

Hi Rob;

 Welcome back !!!  Hey If you need a Mechanical engineers input in conceptualizing or building an auto ram, Maybe Travis linds could offer some advise.

 If you at some point feel you need some input but don't know him,Let me know and I will give you two a warm introduction.

 Looking forward to seeing and maybe working on some of your projects this year.

- Scott

Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on February 17, 2011 at 9:26pm

Hey Brain,

i would be in to helping build one!

Ive seen an auro ram in India and the bricks it produced but I have never used or built one. Cool project

Comment by Brian Kerkvliet on February 13, 2011 at 2:41pm

Has anyone used or made compressed earthen block. I am contemplating making a press to make CEB for several projects I have looming in the future. From the digging I have done here I think that the lower soil strata should be perfect for it.  I have plans and ability to build the press. Is anyone interested in helping to build a press that we can use here in our community.

Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on February 13, 2011 at 1:20pm
In response to Chelsea's question Cob and straw bale can be used for all kinds of projects from structures like chicken coops, greenhouses, sheds, offices, hide outs, outhouse's,cabins and homes or installations like benches, kiosks, obelisks, walls, ovens and hearths. Stay tuned for the slide show date later this month!
Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on February 13, 2011 at 1:08pm

greetings natural builders!

After a long trip across the south west I am back with visions of adobe arches, masonry heating and lime plasters I am looking forward to the next building season here in Bellingham and have a few announcements.... first I would like to offer free natural building consultations to folks here in northwest washington and secondly I will be hosting a natural building slide show at the co-op community building.  The Cob Cabin at Owl farm is weathering  the winter well   and will soon be ready for a nice finish plaster this spring!

Looking forward to getting in the mud with you this year!


Comment by Jamie Jedinak on January 29, 2011 at 8:00pm


Hi Chelsea,

Hopefully Rob can give you some good ideas, I have been studying cob for a while and have been working with building a bit.  I would like to help out when the time draws near to building...please keep me posted!  :)  Jamie



Comment by Scott A. Sanderson on November 17, 2010 at 11:21am
Hey Rob;
It was good to meet you at our Solar Washington meeting. I look forward to learning more about your fascinating work.
- Scott
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on October 18, 2010 at 12:36pm
I was wondering from the graph if we could tell what would be the least toxic in our rainwater - that was my hope in deciding what kind of roofing to put on my next dwelling...:)
Comment by Shannon Maris on October 17, 2010 at 10:24pm
The Rainwater study was to record what ends up in the rainwater from different types of roof. I doubt if this graph has all the info you need to kn ow regarding what type of roof is best for rw. catchment, but it is interesting!

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