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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


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


Building our first roundhouse

December 8, 2012 | Build It, Building, Natural Building | 13 comments | Author:

Reciprocating roof roundhouses are pretty darn cool. They look gorgeous and they are a very good way to quickly make a strong structure with simple, available materials, the right knowledge and a bunch of willing hands. We’ve been researching reciprocating … Read More


Earthbag dome: getting it done…

September 9, 2012 | Building, Natural Building | 7 comments | Author:

The deal with Rose the permachef returning to Milkwood Farm this Spring is this: apon her return (which is imminent) she will move into the completed (ok nearly) earthbag dome, ensuring her personal seclusion and wood-fired comfort for the coming … Read More


New book: Tiny Homes, simple shelter by Lloyd Kahn

July 27, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Building, Natural Building, Publications | 3 comments | Author:

This is my favorite tinyhouse book that the moment. Even in the age of instant access to a gazillion glossy photos of natural building, tinyhouses and all the rest, this publication stands apart as a book worth having, because of … Read More


Building a Yurt from Scratch: Resources

July 4, 2012 | Building, Natural Building, Resources | 15 comments | Author:

Yurts (and more interestingly to us, Gers) are front and center on the Milkwood research table currently. We’ve identified these structures as a likely cost-effective, climate-appropriate solution for our coming need for weatherproof, windproof, cosy crew-space come Spring at the … Read More


Reciprocal Roof Research

June 2, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Building, Natural Building, Resources | 7 comments | Author:

Welcome to Winter, everyone! Winter at Milkwood Farm is research time (in addition to winter farm chores) and currently we’re nutting out how to create super affordable, warm and not necessarily permanent housings for our crew come Springtime. We’ve been … Read More


Dave and Phoebe’s DIY Yurt

April 12, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Building, Natural Building | 14 comments | Author:

Over the Easter weekend we had a little shindig at Milkwood Farm, with camping and artists and lots of food. Dave and Phoebe brought their yurt, which they made themselves, from scratch, for under $2,000. It was an amazing and … Read More


Rendering our Earthbag dome… first coat (bring on the cow poo)

April 3, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Building, Natural Building | 10 comments | Author:

While I have heard from multiple sources that cow poo is a fine and admirable structural component for cob render mix, I never thought we’d try it. But thanks to Harris, we have finally given the Earthbag dome we started … Read More


Earthship Sydney Talk Resources

March 8, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Building, Natural Building, Off-Farm goings on, Resources | 1 comments | Author:

It was entirely incredible to welcome 400 folks into an auditorium to hear Michael Reynolds talk Earthships in Sydney recently. Thanks to everyone that came – what a night! Regardless of whether you have inclinations to take on an earthship … Read More