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Author Archives: iamronen

Earthbag Cellar: Working on Layer 4

With the second layer finished we needed to position the inner ends of the ventillation tubes … we had to assemble the corner joints and the parts that oenetrate the wall used cob to continue the slight angle that was already established with the long section of the pipe. The days are getting noticeable shorter, […]

Earthbag Cellar: Ready for 2nd Layer

When we finished laying the first layer of earthbags for the cellar walls we felt like “that’s done … on to the 2nd layer” … turns out that wasn’t the case … instead more preparations. First we had to do finish the first layer by putting in the retaining walls. That required leveling the soil […]

Being at Bhudeva during Earthbag Cellar Construction

We are, for the first time since starting this adventure called Bhudeva, considering inviting volunteers to partake in the earthbag cellar project. This is that invitation. If you are interested in being with us here at Bhudeva and experiencing earthbag construction first hand then please read through this invitation with care. It contains valuable information […]

Earthbag Cellar: Getting Started

This year’s project is the most ambitious construction undertaken at Bhudeva: an earthbag cellar. Its design process was intriguing and inspired by some of the ideas I discovered in Christopher Alexander’s work … a gradual, adaptive approach, where each step informs the next (instead of having a theoretical master plan) … organically, during the spring […]

Old House New Deck

I’m still not really up to blogging extensively … but I’ve been asked about this numerous times. So here goes … a short review in pictures of last years construction project … a new deck, attached to the old house, which serves as an intermediate space between inside and outside and as a summer kitchen […]

All natural fencing

not sure about the language … but very nice and practical fencing technique … I like that not a single piece of metal is involved :

those colors … just now

Soil Carbon Cowboys

A sweet story of American ranchers who went through doubts and finally turned to more sustainable approaches. Also a book The Carbon Farming Solution on the same subject came out recently … looking forward to reading it.

Japanology – Persimmons

I found many interesting details (some very small) in this video … not just about Persimmons but also about nature, humans, evolution, Japanese culture …

The Rocket Mass Heater Builder’s Guide

This kickstarter was originally planned for last year … its finally arrived. Until now there has really only been one book on Rocket Mass Heaters by Ianto Evans, but having read it and built rocket stoves guided by it, I feel it is out of date (though I haven’t seen the latest edition). There has […]


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