Slaking Lime for Plastering

Lime has been used for thousands of years in building construction, such as plasters, mortar, paints or washes.  It is breathable, carbon neutral, and naturally mold resistant.  The process involves mixing bagged lime, which is made of limestone that was burned in a kiln and water. Carbon dioxide from the air causes lime putty to harden, so it…

Up and Up: Before and After

Some pictures from the start to finish.  Unfortunately, it is not completely finished but it was the conclusion of the intership and we had to part ways.  For instance, we only painted one coat instead of 3 of the natural paint and the outside walls needed second and third plaster.  Kim and Marcelo can wrap…

Natural Painting and Sculptures

Natural Painting is eco-friendly, non-toxic, and simple.  I began to wonder why there were other methods of painting that involved chemicals to being with.  Why do we buy canned paint from Lowes or Home Depot and fill our room with toxins that will continously be released into the air over the course of our lives.  It…

Plastering, Bottles, and Furniture

In a previous post about natural building I talked about foundations and building from adobe bricks.  Now, that the walls are erected it is time to introduce plastering.  Plastering is similar to mortar, but needs to be stickier so cow manure is added.  There are three coats of applied altogether.  The first plaster mix is made…

Intro to Earthen Building

When most people hear or think of the term “natural building” they imagine primitive dwellings or associate it with poverty; however, these buildings provide healthy, beautiful, comfortable, and spiritually uplifting homes for everyone.  They emphasize simple techniques based on locally available, renewable resources.  In fact, one third of the world´s population still reside in earthen…