I have taken the lead on a large project here at Wheaton Labs, updating and renovating the first Wofati, which is now known as Allerton Abbey. We are going to replace the existing stick walls with straw bale and cob, as well as covering a large portion of the structure in cob and plaster, and doing some upgrades to the insulation umbrella, which is key to making the annualized thermal inertia concept work. Natural building experts Ernie and Erica Wisner came out for a week to teach us the skills needed to complete what is turning out to be a very complicated build. We are just getting started on this project, so stay tuned for part 2.
If you would like to follow the project day by day, I am keeping a journal and posting pictures out on the Wheaton Labs forum at http://permies.com
The PDC is over and it’s time to get down to business in the Ant Village. Before getting to work on my own projects, I needed to do some bounty projects for Paul, to raise money for buying materials. There is always lots of work to do here at Wheaton labs, but sometimes the weather has other ideas. A little rain is always welcome though, and it gives us time to get to know each other better. Together, we are working to build a permaculture community, one day at a time.