Tuesday, May 6, 2014

 

Here you can find an index of blog posts on Ben's Natural Building.


 

Redesigning the Chicken Ark: Unadilla Community Farm

Posted by Ben on 05-06-14

http://bensnaturalbuilding.blogspot.com/2014/05/redesigning-chicken-ark-with-unadilla.html
 
Our first natural building project has been the chicken ark, a mobile 10-hen coop that exemplifies the mission of the project: it's built with natural, locally sourced or salvaged materials; designed with the health and comfort of its inhabitants in mind; and it improves upon an existing design for DIY coop builders. [...] 

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Rocket Mass Heater Design/Build Workshop: Earth Sky Time Farm

Posted by Ben on 26-02-13

http://bensnaturalbuilding.blogspot.com/2013/02/rocket-mass-heater-designbuild-workshop.html

The diagonal feed of the stove is a feature I've been wanting to test out for some time. Normally the feed of a contemporary wood-burning stove is horizontal, and on a few models you can find vertical feeds. Vertical feeds are very popular on rocket mass heaters, because they allow [...]

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Building a Rocket Stove Sauna: Earth Sky Time Farm

Posted by Ben on 16-02-13

http://bensnaturalbuilding.blogspot.com/2013/02/building-rocket-stove-sauna-earth-sky.html

Earth Sky Time is a community-based organic farm in the beautiful, wooded foothills of the Taconic mountains, just outside of Manchester, Vermont, USA. In addition to year-round sustainable agriculture, they also have a wood-fired bakery (featuring a massive Catalan wood-fired [...]

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Thermal Mass Stove Design/Build Workshop: La Caseta de Milmanda

Posted by Ben on 19-02-12

http://bensnaturalbuilding.blogspot.com/2012/02/curso-de-la-construccion-de-una-estufa.html

La Caseta de Milmanda is a Catalan community-based eco-project located on some farmland in a beautiful, rural valley outside L'Espluga de Francolí. It provides organic, seasonal produce to local families and businesses, and also holds classes and workshops on sustainable agriculture [...]

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Rocket Mass Heater Design/Build Workshop: Restaurant Selmellà 

Posted by Ben on 11-12-11

http://bensnaturalbuilding.blogspot.com/2011/12/curso-de-la-construccion-de-una-estufa.html

In the country of Catalunya, in the mountains of Alt Camp, located just outside the village of Pont d'Armentera is a family-owned restaurant called Restaurant Selmellà. From the ancient mountaintop estate of Cal Figueres where the restaurant is located, guests enjoy dazzling views [...]

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Introduction to Natural Building Course: La Caseta de Milmanda

Posted by Ben on 19-06-11

http://bensnaturalbuilding.blogspot.com/2011/06/introduction-to-natural-building-course.html

The very first project we underwent when I arrived was the building of a green roof over a cob oven to protect it from the elements, and the restoration of the cob oven as it had already been exposed to the Catalan monsoons for a couple of rainy seasons. As both the oven and the roof [...]

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Building an Ecological Treehouse Hotel: Cabanes als Arbres

Posted by Ben on 09-06-11

http://bensnaturalbuilding.blogspot.com/2013/02/building-ecological-treehouse-hotel.html

Cabanes als Arbres is a family-owned hotel, located way up in the foothills of the Catalan Pyrenees, near the town of Sant Hilary Sacalm. Up there the mountains are covered with thick forests, especially chestnut and firs, and inhabited by wild boar. From the ridges and high places, you can [...]

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Building a Straw Bale Home: the Cal Cases Community

Posted by Ben on 12-06-11

http://bensnaturalbuilding.blogspot.com/2013/09/building-straw-bale-home-cal-cases.html

Cal Cases is an intentional community of around 30 people (including children), located near Santa Maria d'Oló in the foothills of the Catalan Pyrenees. In 2010, I had the good fortune of working with Cal Cases and I must say that it was a tremendous experience, living and working with such a happy, successful community! It was a [...]

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