Format: Adobe Building Site Workshop near Silver City, NM
Dates: October 13 to 15, 2017
Workload: 8 hours per day (9am to 5pm)
Description: Adobe in Action's next "Adobe Building Site Workshop" is being offered from October 13 to 15, 2017 (Friday to Sunday) in conjunction with our current Owner Builder Support Project near Silver City, NM. The exact topics covered in this workshop will depend on how far along the owner builders are in their project when the workshop commences in October. Most likely we will be focusing on adobe wall construction with the possibility of interior and exterior earthen plaster as well as the installation of a straw-clay insulation wall on the North side of the building. More details will be shared as they become available.
Topic Overview (tentative): constructing and setting up speed leads, mixing earthen mortar, applying mortar to the wall, correct block coursing, leveling and plumbing, cutting adobe blocks, constructing and installing anchor blocks and rough bucks, constructing and installing lintels, constructing and installing wood bond beams, scaffolding and high wall strategies, historical overview of interior and exterior finishes for adobe structures in New Mexico, importance of respiratory and eye safety when preparing and mixing plasters, helpful tools and materials for plastering, importance of work site and material organization for plaster work, window and door opening reinforcement, adobe wall preparation to facilitate maximum earthen plaster adhesion, locating and testing clay soil for earthen plasters, fiber (straw) preparation and chopping techniques, sifting and mixing soil and aggregates for earthen plasters, natural exterior earthen plaster stabilization techniques (dung), hand application techniques of earthen plasters (base coats, patching), hawk & trowel application of earthen and lime plasters (leveling and finish coats), basic earthen plaster ingredients and recipes, making lime putty for use in lime/sand plasters, basic lime plaster ingredients and recipes, calculating surface area and materials needed, troubleshooting earthen and lime plasters (cracking, adhesion problems, etc.), assembling and installing a frame wall for straw-clay insulation, mixing and installing straw-clay insulation material