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Building A Roundhouse With Woodhenge And Cobwood
Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KByX6XLTLy8
Here you’ll find a three minute time-lapse video by ToneWrench of the whole process of building a small roundhouse. Tony Wrench, writer of a book called ‘Building a Low Impact Roundhouse’, built this one over ten years ago with a small team in just six weeks!
The windows have been reclaimed and the structure of the roundhouse is built almost entirely from sustainable materials, namely timber and cob (which is a traditional wall plaster/ render made of three parts sand, one clay, one chopped straw or hay). Some cob houses in the UK have been around for centuries – with the climate being quite wet, this means cob is truly tried and tested!
The walls of the house are made using cordwood (also known as Stackwall, Stovewood, Firewood or Cordwood Masonry) – this means horizontal log slices of tree trunks and branches that are used “in the round” – this produces a good surface for the cob to stick to, giving a thick wall for good insulation and an attractive look to the house. There are coloured glass bottles in parts of the wall that make a nice feature too (bottles have good insulation properties because they have trapped air inside, much like double glazing).
The roof is turfed, which helps to insulate the house as well as giving nature a place to grow. For more about “That Roundhouse” (as it is called) please visit Tony’s site, which also has a lot of info that could help you if you want to build your own place: http://thatroundhouse.info/
Here are some facts and figures about construction that show us some of the problems we face: According to the US Department of Energy, buildings consume 40% of the world’s current energy and raw materials and the US Energy Information Administration tells us that buildings cause 40% of the total CO2 emissions and ozone depletion. At the moment, 75% of the trees cut down in North America are used in construction, with a lot of waste being produced in the process.
We need building methods that use renewable, natural resources efficiently and we need them to become mainstream as soon as possible – please help to spread the word!
To find out more, try these links:
We also found this page of historical cob buildings that shows just how versatile this natural material is: http://www.inspirationgreen.com/historical-cob-buildings.html
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An amazing discovery in an abandoned house in Austin, Texas: A lost book of amazing survival knowledge, believed to have been long vanished to history, has been found in a dusty drawer in the house which belonged to a guy named Claude Davis.
Remember... back in those days, there was no electricity... no refrigerators... no law enforcement... and certainly no grocery store or supermarkets... Some of these exceptional skills are hundreds of years of old and they were learned the hard way by the early pioneers.
We've lost to history so much survival knowledge that we've become clueless compared to what our great grandfathers did or built on a daily basis to sustain their families.
Neighbors said that for the last couple of years Claude has tried to unearth and learn the forgotten ways of our great-grandparents and claimed to have found a secret of gargantuan proportions. A secret that he is about to reveal together with 3 old teachings that will change everything you think you know about preparedness:
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What REALLY Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container? (Hint: It's A Bit Crazy...)
Shipping containers are all the rage - but if you are thinking about buying one, you MUST watch this video first:
There's a general belief that if you bury a shipping container you can create an awesome root cellar / storm shelter / survival bunker.
But is a shipping container strong enough to handle the pressure?
Watch the video to see what happens: