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 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…

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…

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…

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…