With the guidance of James, Mark and Kevin from Tapial Homes, the Fleming sustainable building students have completed the rammed earth walls as part of the foundation for the log & straw building they are building for the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve.
Rammed earth is a method of building beautiful and incredibly strong and durable walls using dirt (actually a very specific blend of porperly sized aggregates), clay a tiny percentage of cement binder and varying levels of pigment.
The boys from Tapial Homes have the process and equiment figured out perfectly and were a real pleasure to learn from. I loved it as I got to sit back and learn as well - always fun.
The process went down without a hitch and we are all thrilled at the results.
Check out the process: