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…

Windale Community Garden Earthbag Day

Saturday was a fantastic day at Windale Community Garden (behind Lake Macquarie PCYC), with around 20 people who turned up to learn all the basics of Earthbag construction. We sculpted the edge of the garden with a mini retaining wall and also built in two bench seats – not bad for a days’ work! Thanks…

Newcastle Family Support Centre Opens

We had a great day on Tuesday building quite a bit more than anyone imagined – and mostly done all by the kids themselves!! With the initial idea of an Earthbag sandpit in the corner of this garden, to be used by children aged 1-5 at the Newcastle Family Support Services Centre in Waratah, we…

One day Earthbag Workshop

Windale Community Garden will be hosting a great ONE DAY EARTHBAG WORKSHOP on Saturday the 14th July. Learn all the basics in this one day workshop whilst having some fun building something practical and beautiful. This is a great community garden next to the PCYC in Windale, and they have many ambitious earthbag building projects…

Earthbag Day at Family Support Services

Come and join us for a fun day of Earthbagging at Newcastle Family Support Services Centre (Waratah) on Tuesday the 10th of July. We will be making a sandpit and low garden wall to be used by the children there. The centre will officially open the day after this so it will be a great…

Clay Plaster Finished

Well after a week of rather nasty weather in Newcastle which held up things a little we completed this lovely clay plaster on Joan’s house. Assisted by French volunteer Morgane and Brazilian volunteer Camilo the final layer was applied. This is a different mixture to the other ones and is troweled on, giving a very…

New Earthbag Workshop for June!

Come and join us over the weekend for 16-17 June for our next introductory Earthbag workshop in Newcastle! This course will be mostly practical, with lots of hands-on learning where we will make a garden wall and raised garden bed as well as include a decorative earth arch. We will also be plastering the wall…

TERRA 2012 Earthen Architecture Conference, Lima Peru

I have just returned from presenting a paper at ‘TERRA 2012’ – the foremost conference for earthen architectural preservation and conservation in the world. It is a UNESCO-partnered conference that aim to broaden perceptions about earthen architecture in the world and to provide support for research and methods for earthen architectural historical preservation as well…

Newcastle Fairshare Festival

AuwaEarth were invited to participate in the ‘Fairshare’ Sustainabilty Festival held in Hamilton Public School recently. We proposed constructing a ‘wattle and daub’ wall during the festival to educate about how it’s possible to make beautiful walls without bricks or mortar – using a technique common to Australia 150 years ago but since forgotten. We…

First Earthbag Workshop, Sandhills Community Garden

We had an amazing weekend of earth building during one of the only sunny summer weekends for months at Sandhills Community Garden in Newcastle East. 40 people came together for the weekend of 18-19 February 2012 to learn the versatile earth building technique of ‘Earthbag’. Earthbag is a relatively new earth construction technique already having…

CHAPADA DIAMANTINA EARTHBAG COURSE

An update about our Earthbag Intensive workshop happening next week in Bahia, Brazil. We are making final preparations for the two-week workshop starting Monday 17th October, in Ibicoara, Chapada Diamantina – there are still a few places available so be sure to contact us if you are interested in participating – you can come for…