Coonamble site visit

We travelled to the far flung regional town of Coonamble recently on invitation by the local Wailwaan Aboriginal community, to investigate the feasibility of holding an earthbag workshop out there – with view to build more and more earthbag structures in the future. We arrived in the evening after a long 6 hr drive north…

Sandhills makeover

Sandhills Community Garden (sandhillscommunitygarden.org) is a much loved community garden in Newcastle East. It was one of the very first community gardens to start in Newcastle and has had wide recognition due to the tireless efforts of garden coordinator Dr Christine Everingham. It is an open, very accessible garden and truly is there for all…

ArchiCamp 2015

We took part in this fabulous weekend as part of ArchiCamp, founded by Jiri Loewe – a current architecture student at the University of Newcastle – in it’s inaugural ‘architecture in the sticks’ to be held at a different rural locations around Australia each year. Held this year at a newly formed eco-village near Butterwick,…

Hamilton school wall facelift

This wall was located in the middle of the main school courtyard – and after a year or so of having school children running over the wall every day and enjoying it very much, it was time for little facelift and a new, brighter colour. This time a thick lime stucco was again applied just…

Billabong Park – oxide colour coat

We returned to the lovely Billabong Park in early 2014 to apply an oxide wash to the wall there. This was the first time we had experimented with an oxide and were very happy with the end result – and the natural earthy tone contrasts so well with the surrounding natives.

Toronto final touches

Here is the finished wall in Toronto after one more thin coat of lime stucco was applied – which patched up some cracks in the stucco that appeared due to the very high clay content of the local clay we used here. Easy fix and looks great!

Billabong Park wall – Gloucester

We were invited on behalf of the amazing Gloucester Tucker Patch (www.tuckerpatch.com.au) and the Gloucester Environment Group to build a garden wall and seat as park of a demonstration day for the annual clean energy festival held there. We had lots of helpers throughout the day and before long a beautiful curved garden wall was…

Toronto retaining wall rendered

A couple of weeks after the Earthbag retaining wall was finished we came back to make a day of rendering it. Its always lots of fun rendering as you can be so creative – it’s just like moulding clay. The render is made from lime, sand and a small amount of cement for stiffness and…

Toronto Area Community Garden retaining wall

We were invited by the lovely Bea and Michelle at Toronto Area Community Garden to build a small retaining wall to define an area of ground at the rear of the community hall which would make planting and growing easier for all and inject new life into the community garden. We held a one day…

Gloucester Tucker Patch entrance wall is built

The Gloucester Project, run by Marnie and Ken, invited us up to run an earthbag workshop over a weekend building a wall with a seat to define an entrance garden to the beautiful community garden Gloucester is so lucky to have – “The Tucker Patch”. The weekend was funded by a ‘Better Builders’ grant and…

Wall rendering at Hamilton PS

After the school holidays everyone returned to the wall to finish it off with a thick coat of lime stucco render. The school had decided they wanted it a terracotta colour instead of the natural sand colour so this time we mixed up some red oxide to go into it, which worked well. All children…

Hamilton Public School Earthbag Day

After postponing our first day due to rain many people arrived to take part in the next earthbag day – and it turned out to be beautiful! Lots of parents and children from Hamilton PS turned up to take part in the day, in which we achieved much more than anyone thought possible. We were…