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Visiting: Autumn Farm, Bega

October 13, 2014 | Beekeeping, Building, Milkwood Farm, Natural Building, Permaculture | 7 comments | Author:

While we were down Bega way at the South East Permaculture Convergence recently, Ashar and I got a chance to hang with my friend Annie at her family’s little patch of paradise, Autumn Farm. Autumn Farm prettymuch sums up simple … Read More


Let there be Mud: the Basics of Natural Building

June 18, 2014 | Build It, Building, Courses + Workshops, Natural Building | 7 comments | Author:

Natural Building is rather a broad subject. It takes in everything from strawbale building to cobb, light earth, rammed earth, roundwood construction, earth floors and mud and lime wall renders, just for starters. We figure it’s best to dive straight in, … Read More


Building a Portable Reciprocal Roundhouse Frame

June 2, 2014 | Build It, Building, Natural Building, Resources | 6 comments | Author:

On our last Natural Building course, we built a portable reciprocal roundhouse frame. Beauty meets strength meets simplicity. Using sapling logs (though you can use bamboo instead, or framing timber, at a pinch) plus ropes and screws, this structure went up … Read More


Making a DIY Earthen Floor: two methods

January 28, 2014 | Building, Natural Building | 44 comments | Author:

After completing the strawbale walls and the roundwood, reciprocal roof of the Milkwood Roundhouse, we wanted a gorgeous floor to complete this hand-crafted natural building. So an earthen floor was a natural choice. There’s not much easily accessible info out … Read More


Roundhouse build: making a Living Roof

September 16, 2013 | Building, Natural Building, Uncategorized | 11 comments | Author:

The final stage of building the roof of our roundhouse was to transform it into a garden. Living roofs can help insulate the building below, provide pollination sources for surrounding wildlife and help the building blend into the landscape. However, … Read More


Roundhouse build: making a Reciprocal Roof

July 15, 2013 | Building, Natural Building | 8 comments | Author:

Reciprocal roof frames are self-supporting structures that date back to the 12th Century. They are used in Chinese and Japanese architecture, as well as being something that Leonardo Da Vinci explored in detail. The interlocking nature of the separate members creates a … Read More


Roundhouse build: foundations and walls

June 10, 2013 | Building, Natural Building | 14 comments | Author:

A few months ago we raised a strawbale roundhouse with a reciprocal roof as part of our first Natural Building Workshop at Milkwood Farm. Now that we’re nearing the end of this build, I thought I’d step you through the … Read More


Roundhouse build update – the roof is on!

May 13, 2013 | Building, Natural Building | 14 comments | Author:

Following on from raising the walls of this roundhouse in four days, Floyd and Shane have been focussed on getting this little place finished before Winter. And yep, we’ve all noticed the speed at which things progress when you go … Read More


Raising a home in four days flat at Milkwood Farm

April 13, 2013 | Building, Natural Building | 32 comments | Author:

Last week we built a home. A round, load-bearing strawbale tiny house with a roundwood reciprocating living roof, to be precise. And when I say ‘built’ I suppose I mean that we got it mostly done. It was amazing to … Read More


A visit to Melliodora with David Holmgren

March 30, 2013 | Building, Forest Gardening, Natural Building, Off-Farm goings on, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 11 comments | Author:

Recently Nick was lucky enough to hang out with David Holmgren for a couple of days at Melliodora, the superb small-acre permaculture site that David has established with his partner Su Dennett  in Hepburn Springs, Victoria. Being in the thick … Read More