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rammed earth : final photos

[slideshow] I’m back in Ohio now, thousands of miles from my rammed earth sculptural wall in Sunnyvale, California.  I went back to the farm a couple days after I finished, the day before I left the state, to do some cleanup and documenting.  I was greeted by the encouraging staff of Full Circle Farm, without whom I could not have completed the project. We all eventually made our way to the wall where I could get some good photos of the wall ‘in action.’  I thought an old professor of mine would be proud of the shelter it provided for the dog in our company. While cleaning up, there were a few classes that came to the farm from the CLICK for more

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Final day! [slideshow] Being the 3rd day in a row of hard manual labor, I was quite ready to finish the project.  This was the last day I was able to work before packing to drive back to Ohio for grad school.  I was less enthusiastic this day because I had no assistance organized, so I had a time limit and anticipated just getting as much completed as possible. I had to make a design decision regarding the corner’s treatment.  With a dimishing supply of soil, sand, time, and energy, if I wasn’t going to make a complete 6’x1.5’x3′ section, I needed to decide what exactly to do.  I decided on making a full height section about 18″ across, then CLICK for more

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[slideshow] We arrived on site nice and caffeinated, ready to bust out some wall.  My good friend whom I worked in Americorps with in Seattle, Bridget, was able to help me for the day, as well as Jesse again.  Which I totally appreciated and needed.  We finished the first course and Jesse topped it off with a nice brick patternwork.  In an attempt to slow the weathering process by nature as well as users, we mixed a bag of quikcrete with the top course.  I realize this goes against the idea of making it pure and from the earth, but that is surely a lesson this is teaching me : in order to maximize a building / built object’s usage CLICK for more

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[slideshow] This was the first day of our official ramming.  As I had earlier read and now agree, the prep work leading up to ramming actually takes more time.  Not more effort though – my co-worker and good friend, Samantha, was kind enough to come down for the day to help with the project. Before arriving on site I made the decision we NEEDED to get sand, and it ended up the best way was to have it delivered from a rockery.  As our project mantra goes, it doesn’t hurt to ask, so we got half off the delivery from Mountain View Garden Centre.  We arrived to find our sample from the previous week still sitting there, short and proud. CLICK for more