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…

Redhead Community Garden starts earthbagging!

After a very wet start to the day where we almost called it all off, the die-hard few that had arrived decided to persevere anyway so they could get a handle on this great technique. As soon as we decided this, the sun broke through the clouds, lots more people showed up and we had…

Windale Community Garden wall rendered

We returned to render the retaining wall and bench seating made for Windale Community Garden in July with a great finished result – this time beach sand was used with some lime and cement to make a stucco applied with our hands – it was a great day with everyone working very hard to finish…

Sandpit rendering at Family Support Services

We had a fun couple of days rendering our sandpit and bench seat at Family Support in Waratah. Some beautiful, orange-coloured sand was brought down from nearby Maitland and then combined with lime to create a textured stucco finish that we applied with our hands – everyone had a lot of fun sculpting designs into…

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…

External Clay Plaster, Newcastle East

This historic cottage in Newcastle East was suffering considerable erosion on the facade of its sandstone foundation due to erosion. This had been made worse over the years by cement plastering and infill between the eroded blocks. A common error when attempting to repair natural stone or mudbrick, cement actually traps water vapour behind the…