Cool Bamboo stuff from the Pindorama Team

We recently went to the Sustainability festival in Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro. It was an amazing festival and I would recommend visiting next year. We saw many excellent lectures, including a talk from the author of the barefoot architect – Johan Van Lengen. The team from Pindorama were there with their beautiful bamboo structures….

How to build with cob

Building with cob is really easy. Anyone can learn in a few minutes and it just takes a bit of guidance as you go up the wall to make sure everything is on track. First up, for your first layer you are going to need a bucket of clay slip. This is made with filtered…

Mortise & Tenon Joint

The Mortise and Tenon is a really easy joint that anyone can do with basic tools. To make it fit perfectly, snugly, tightly takes many years of carpentery experience, but a beginner can make one which fits tight and does the job it needs to do. So first up you need to mark out your…

Making Lime Earth Paint

We have recently rendered the whole outside of our house with a natural finish made from clay, sand, cow poo and linseed oil. You can see the whole testing and application process here  Unfortunately, when working with cow poo on a large house, you are going to experience inconsistencies, mainly related to the cow poo….

How to make a stone road

First get your stones ready. For this style of road you will need your flat stones, and your brick shaped stones, and sand. Start by marking your road line with two sticks and a string. This is for any straight parts, so you may have to make shorter sections of string when going round a…

How to make Cob with a tractor

A good cob is made from 70-85% coarse sand (not beach sand) and 15-30% clay. If you are building a big house, or need to build quickly, then you may consider making your cob with a tractor rather than by foot. I have not made cob by foot whilst making a full house but I…

Make cob by foot

Making cob by foot is really easy. If you have a tarp and spades that is preferable but not essential. Firstly get your sand and clay ready. A good cob is made from between 70-85% sand and 15-30% clay with long straw or other available fibre, and water. Mix you clay and sand together till…

Can you use Tadelakt on a clay block wall?

If you would like to know whether it is possible to apply the Moroccan, natural bathroom finish ‘Tadelakt’ to a modern material such as a clay block wall, then we have done some small tests just for you. Tadelakt Test Conclusion…for those who just want the answer. Our small test on some blocks resulted as…

How to fit frames to cob AFTER building the walls

If possible I would recommend building your window and door frames before starting your walls, that way you can build up to and around them and keep everything nice and flush. However with the construction method we are using at this site this was not posible for the doors at least. The windows can be…