Yet another beautiful side project that we got to take part in at the highly secretive research compound in Southern Cal, was the sculpting of a Cob Oven. The process is so extremely accessible, and the cooking potential is outstanding. There were a few pizza parties had with these cob ovens, and, by-God, they were the best pizzas ever. So whatchya waitin’ for? Here’s a visual break down: I you have any questions or thoughts on cob ovens, I’d love […]
Deep in the arroyos (canyons) of southern California’s high desert, is an experimental research campus dedicated to developing harmonious lifestyles. As winter approached, there was a need for a heater in the Commons/Kitchen Yurt – and bada-bing bada-vroom: a super-efficient Rocket Mass Heater was crafted! Below you will find a rough time-lapse-esque sequence of the creation of the bench (thermal mass for the rocket stove) for the common space / kitchen at Q.S. Please check out the Rocket Mass Heater […]
Here is the other timber frame cob in-fill mini-house that we have been raising over the past few weeks (with the help of 8 additional workshopers. Here you can see that some of the base coat of plaster has been laid down and that the exterior is starting to take shape. In the previous gallery post, you can see some of the great embedding of materials into the cob walls of this home such as Manzanita and old hand tools! […]
Here is a visual breakdown of some of the progress that the building crew has been making over the past couple weeks. The house below is for some rad longer-term interns needing a more sufficient shelter for the winter months in the high desert of Southern California. THIS IS THE HOUSE JACK (& CO.) BUILT!
Utilizing the precision of modern day technology of 3-d printers and CNC type of equipment, Hedi Xandt is blending materials and visions in ways previously inconceivable. Deconstructing and literally tearing classical renaissance-style busts, Xandt is crafting unique and brilliant pieces with materials such as gold and bronze that are the height of intrigue. Be sure to check out Xandt’s tumblr, and try and get to see some of the work in person if at all possible. Thanks to Yimmy’s Yayo […]
Greetings all! Apologies for such a gap in postings – I have been attending a Natural Building Practicum at Quail Springs; a quasi-experiment on sustainable human lifestyles/practices. Located in the high desert of southern California ( in between Ojai & Bakersfield), the community is off the grid, and resources are limited and internet bandwidth is no exception, so I haven’t been able to upload files to this site due to restricted data usage. Recently I’ve learned that in between the […]
In one of the most prime examples bio-mimicry ever, people all over the world have been creating ‘Human Nests’ in increasing numbers. From New Zealand to South Africa, artists and boutique designers are weaving branches to emulate nooks of the avian kind. On a very related strand, be sure to check out Patrick Dougherty’s work if you haven’t already- his full blown structures and spaces made from willow are jaw-dropping. Just for tradition’s sake, there are a few oldschool-ish tree-houses […]
Although not as high caliber as a scantily clad Gerard Butler thrashing Persians and booting messengers into pits, this posting #300 should prove entertaining. Keeping in line with past mile marker posts, there will be a showcasing of humankind’s vast array of creative potential. Wheeza (we is) gunna start it off with a song for some mood setting: Below are some small visual appetizers which serve as fine examples in regard to the potential of the human cerebral: Encapsulating the […]