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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…