štvrtok, 26. augusta 2010

10th day

Today is the second last day and of course a group photo needed to be taken:

From Strawbale Dome Minke


The mood is exstatic, people are still full of energy. Here some pictures from the breaks. We have a swimming pond in the garden which is very popular:

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and a solar shower:

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The infills look a bit strange, a combination of strawbales and foam glass in bags, but it does the job.

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This is a relative moisture and temperature logger from Denmark specially made for straw bale buildings. Today we set it up and tested the cabling. Affordable and easy to set up. Looking forward to the first measurements after we build them in tomorrow!

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To smoothen the surface of the dome, we calculated we need about 12m3 of material - a clay/gravel mix usually used for roads. Ideal for us, not too wet and hopefully will dry quickly.

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The mix was then moved up the dome by a people's chain.

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Ropes were put up to simulate the curvature of the final dome to help us get the geometry right:

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The cooks Jakub and Lucia with a huge Pumpkin:

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Another task today was making the wall of the vaults even with a light straw/clay mix.

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A rather "muddy" business:

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A ventilator in the skylight helps drying the plaster - our greatest enemy is time and moisture. Please some more wind...

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A look into the vaults with the scaffolding still standing in the middle:

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Our great friends the Lithuanians had to leave tonight, driving back to Kaunas. Thank you for your work and inspiring us all. If anybody is interested in their prefab straw bale building or amazing clay plasters, see their web sites www.ecococon.lt and www.indigas.lt. Eduardo (in the middle) is coming back for the second work shop and will be responsible for the artistic side of the clay plastering. Something to look forward to.

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At night there was fun for the young:

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while the older listened to our organic farmer presenting his circular farming concept.

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Tomorrow afternoon (Friday) from 15-18h there will be an open day at the building site - you are welcome to pay us a visit!

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