Tuesday, November 14, 2006
So, it seems that fall in the Ymir area is verrry short. You blink for a second and there is a foot and a half of snow to contend with. Despite the few on the crew that are silently giddy for the possible earlier ski season, wet heavy snow is not conducive to a an efficient rammed earth building process. Even our prized carpenter Travis has to put in snow-shoveling time.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Our latest wall ramming creation. We experimented with another Rammedearth technique for this wall. Instead of shoveling and ramming 10 inch layers of material, we instead tried 'continues ramming', where you are constantly compacting small layers that your workmate is slowly shoveling into the form. It creates a different look. More monolithic without the layering effect.
We have now finished the yellow wall sections of the house, and now are onto the remaining white.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
All windows and doors
need a strong supporting beam above them to disperse the weight of the roof and snow from crushing them. These headers can be made from a variety of things - wood, concrete, metal. Cole has used plates of steel - sprayed with saltwater to create an appealing rust effect. Very cool.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Dean has been experiencing a pretty rough week. First, his house was burglarized in Calgary. On the way to his burglerized house he ran out of diesel and damaged his engine. Then, while his car sat overnight at the worksite because it wouldn't start, a bear pranced on it and broke his side mirror. No doubt looking for the tasty bison jerky he always seems to have on hand.
Considering his bad luck I might consider not teasing him on the blog for awhile...maybe.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
One attractive feature of the living room area are two round windows placed on opposite sides of the room. A difficult challenge to develop a round window frame that could withstand the weight and pressure of the rammed material above it, as well as have the capacity to come apart once the wall is completed.
Wow, where did the week go.
Roland and Lahana are standing in Cole's new double doorway, opening to the front patio of the house overlooking the river. The two colors, white and chopstick yellow, artistically rammed by Tom and Johana, were meticulously placed layer upon layer to create this beautiful effect. Soon large French doors will attire the entryway.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Okay, these are the recently connected walls on each side of the house. The left is the west side, the right is the east side. It's slowly coming together . As you can see we are receiving some really nice weather for the end of September, and it looks like we have another good week ahead of us. Let's hope for a long and mild fall so we can get the roof on this thing.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Dean and Robin forming-up one of our window boxes. Robin, on the right, unfortunately just received a nasty compound fracture on his left thumb. Terrible luck for him, and the crew for losing a great worker. Hopefully, with a little time rejuvenating at home with his family, he can rejoin us in finishing this project. Take care my friend.