The Story of Last Saturday…

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Morning: Hello all! Today is a good day to say the least, positive vibes and a particularly reinforced drive towards the project. Yesterday, was the first day of using the new method of mixing cob using the JCB, as Toni, Jed and Rene, looked into other more efficient ways of mixing cob and producing a higher volume.… READ MORE...

The Story of Tuesday…

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Morning: we visited the Goldconde building, designed by the Japanese architect George Nakishima in 1945, post WWII. The building was typical of the European, art-deco influence, of clean, post-modern and spacious construction. Very similar to the Western European Bauhaus style. Within the building were beautiful and modern furniture that the Nakishima’s created and still today produce.… READ MORE...

Getting the mix right !

Cob is a mixture of sandy-sub soil, clay and straw. It is mixed by crushing the particles together by either dancing on it or using the head of a digger. Historically cob might have been mixed by farm animals who would walk up and down on the sand, clay and straw.… READ MORE...

Bottoms Up… A Scorpion Barrier!

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Can you think of ways of re-using beer bottles in the construction industry? All that most of us can think of is a wall with recycled bottles or some sculpture or an aesthetic addition to a building.

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But here at SacredGroves we tried to make use of those same bottles in an innovative way.… READ MORE...

Successful erection!

Like a phoenix from the ashes, our wind turbine has been resurrected after the false start on Dec 5th (see earlier post re Breaking News). Our lofty ambitions (including the height of the turbine) have been clipped somewhat (by 5 metres) but the power generated will be very useful on cloudy days when the solar panels are ineffective.… READ MORE...