Wattle and Daub
This is a natural building technique that utilizes a woven understructure for the walls (usually using locally sourced sticks, reeds or bamboo) that is then covered with Cob. We could draw on some of these techniques to get more structural integrity for the gourd shape of A Universe.
Wattle and Daub construction has been used around the world for at least 6000 years. Examples of wattle and daub construction can been seen from Central Europe, Western Asia, Africa and the Americas. Many historic wattle and daub buildings are still standing!
As a building method that is adaptable to the materials available, it is an exciting technique to use at Camp for A Universe.
Morgan is in the process of making a small domed structure to test the wattle and daub method using local white pine branches.
For A Universe, we plan to use bent and welded rebar for the basic structure, then weave a lattice of found branches to create a strong, tightly knit surface to apply our cob finish.
Stay tuned for an at-home project to try weaving and wattle and daub!