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…

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…

Wattle and Daub walls

We finished the second instalment of wattle and daub panels in Hamilton Public School recently. They were built as part of the ‘Harmony Week’ celebrations – and what better way to come together then getting your feet and hands in the mud with your friends. The kids and I had a great time making the…

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…

Great day at Northlakes High!

We were asked to come and demonstrate the Earthbagging technique at Northlakes High School on the Central Coast to the Support Unit students. The students picked it up straight away and started on a small wall project which will become a garden seat. This is the first of many proposed small projects around the school…

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…

Beautiful new Hyperadobe wall

Thanks to everyone who came to make the Hyperadobe/Earthbag course on the weekend – in such a short time we were able to make this great wall for a food store as well as some of the retaining wall in TIBA. Incorporating various techniques we were able to see how easy it is to use…