New Cob Cottage

              Making progress on the copper ridges: Oct 23rd: brought back 7600#’s of granite from Swenson Granite in CT for the front steps and some patio parts. Oct 3rd. Slate is done on north

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New Cob Cottage

              Making progress on the copper ridges: Oct 23rd: brought back 7600#’s of granite from Swenson Granite in CT for the front steps and some patio parts. Oct 3rd. Slate is done on north

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Superinsulated Duplex

       This house is a side-by-side duplex with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in each unit. We rent this house out; each unit has all appliances including washer and dryer. It has R31 wall and R70 ceiling insulation. The siding

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Superinsulated Duplex

       This house is a side-by-side duplex with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in each unit. We rent this house out; each unit has all appliances including washer and dryer. It has R31 wall and R70 ceiling insulation. The siding

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Straw bale and cob house

  The straw bale house, built between 2001 and 2006, has a post and beam frame. The posts are tree trunks with bark peeled off and the beams and rafters are rough sawn wood. The plasters consist of a scratch

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Straw bale and cob house

  The straw bale house, built between 2001 and 2006, has a post and beam frame. The posts are tree trunks with bark peeled off and the beams and rafters are rough sawn wood. The plasters consist of a scratch

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Travel Photos

Trip to Spain and England, June 2018 Most of my time was spent in Granada, but this being the 6th summer there, I did not take any pictures. The following pictures are from Baeza and Ubeda 2 hours north of

Travel Photos

Trip to Spain and England, June 2018 Most of my time was spent in Granada, but this being the 6th summer there, I did not take any pictures. The following pictures are from Baeza and Ubeda 2 hours north of

New Cob Cottage: Engineering notes

July 10th. King posts are 5×5″ ash. The ridge beam is around 19′ from where it bears on a wall that goes down to a footer and where it ends in the hip. It has a top chord of 2×12

New Cob Cottage: Engineering notes

July 10th. King posts are 5×5″ ash. The ridge beam is around 19′ from where it bears on a wall that goes down to a footer and where it ends in the hip. It has a top chord of 2×12

Permaculture garden

Spring 2017: Due to the need to focus my work on the new cob house, the garden development will be in a holding pattern. Planted a few gooseberry, 2 chestnuts, and 2 arbor vitae this spring. Update: April 10th, 2016.

Permaculture garden

Spring 2017: Due to the need to focus my work on the new cob house, the garden development will be in a holding pattern. Planted a few gooseberry, 2 chestnuts, and 2 arbor vitae this spring. Update: April 10th, 2016.

Wood-fired ovens

November 26th…We had some warm days this fall so I was able to stucco the oven and get most of the brick patio done. Fire pit is in the foreground. Pizza and bread from a wood-fired oven is incomparable! This

Wood-fired ovens

November 26th…We had some warm days this fall so I was able to stucco the oven and get most of the brick patio done. Fire pit is in the foreground. Pizza and bread from a wood-fired oven is incomparable! This

Japanese gazebos

  Tea hut completed July 16, 2015.   New tea hut built from rough sawn ash with black locust piers. The ramp/bridge entrance is of black locust. It has a standing seam metal roof. The planed ash plank floor is

Japanese gazebos

  Tea hut completed July 16, 2015.   New tea hut built from rough sawn ash with black locust piers. The ramp/bridge entrance is of black locust. It has a standing seam metal roof. The planed ash plank floor is