A selection of projects I have built.

Welcome to my natural building portfolio. Here you will find a selection of projects I have completed.

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Clay Ovens

Clay ovens are the perfect 'earthen gateway build.' A simple project that is fun and communal. They can be built over a weekend and teaches the difference between thermal mass and insulation. Also - everyone gets to eat pizza at the end!

This 22″ cob oven was built over a few weeks.
Everything except the firebrick and stove pipe were collected from within 5 minutes of the house. (And both of those were reclaimed)

The foundation is constructed from dry stacked rocks, sitting on top of that is a cob/rock layer to bring the oven upto a comfortable working height for Pete.
After a layer of insulation, there is the fire brick oven floor.

The fun part was creating the heavy mud dome to contain the fire and baking.
First we created a sand form and then invited some friends from McBride to come and stomp some cob with us!
We had a great time dancing on the sand/clay mix to the sounds of children’s songs. When it was all mixed and ready we built the mud up around our form. Once to the top a hole was cut for the door, and we celebrated with a beer!

The dome was left to dry for a day then I carefully pulled out the sand. The dome held so we built a small fire to dry the mud – then a big fire to cook some pizzas!

Once the dome was completely dry, a layer of chip/slip insulation was added, then finally a coat of earthen plaster to finish the job!

I made the roof structure from maple & willow, using mortise and tenon’s and lap joints. A neighbor came to see the project and offered some metal roofing to finish the job (Thanks Brian!)

I love the transformation that happened when the final coat of plaster went on, tying the whole oven together… but most of all I loved the cooking of pizzas and bread! (The pizzas cooked in 5 minutes and 4 loaves cooked in 10!)

The design and finer points from this oven build were learned from Kiko Denzer’s excellent book Build Your Own Earth Oven

Ty Twt
New build, Plastering, Timber frame, Workshop
Ty Twt
Heritage cob repair of 1700s barn
Heritage
Heritage cob repair of 1700s barn
Dumfries House
Heritage, New build
Dumfries House
Earthen Floors – Eco friendly flooring systems
New build
Earthen Floors – Eco friendly flooring systems
Community Rebuilds
Community Rebuilds
New build, Plastering, Workshop
Community Rebuilds
Anglo Saxon Longhouse
West Stow Village
Heritage, New build
Anglo Saxon Longhouse
Kopparberg Urban Forest
Kopparberg
New build, Timber frame
Kopparberg Urban Forest
Roundhouse
Wholewoods
New build, Timber frame
Roundhouse
Clay plastering – A natural wall finish
BRC
Plastering, Renovation, Workshop
Clay plastering – A natural wall finish
Tadelakt
New build, Plastering, Workshop
Tadelakt
Clay Ovens
New build, Plastering, Workshop
Clay Ovens
Tiny Home Dome – compact living
Aprovecho
New build, Plastering, Workshop
Tiny Home Dome – compact living
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