Firespeaking is currently represented by Max Edleson and Eva Edleson. We are dedicated to combining the inspiration of beauty with the precision and engineering of function in order to create magic and a continual reminder of the sacredness of daily life in our homes and public spaces. Our work can mostly be categorized as “architectural” with a strong emphasis on using natural building techniques and community involvement. Please contact us if you are interested in hiring us. We are most interested in projects in Oregon, Washington and California.
Max Edleson is a professional artist/builder who has worked and taught in the United States, Argentina, and Indonesia. He is dedicated to using naturally and locally available materials to create spiritually- uplifting and energy-efficient elements of homes and public spaces.
Over the last 10 years, Max has designed and built multiple cob, adobe and strawbale buildings. He is a professional tile layer, mosaic artist, ceramicist and a mason of devices made for fire which include masonry heaters, baking ovens, various heating and cooking stoves, fireplaces and kilns. He is also a skilled round-pole timber framer.
Max enjoys cooking, gardening, making music, and sharing ideas about co-creating even better ways of living.
Eva Edleson is a professional natural builder, cook, gardener, and craftswoman. As a builder with over 10 years of experience, she specializes in earthen wall systems, wood-fired cooking and as well as in naturally-based finishes including plasters and paint. She has trained and worked with many of the most-respected natural builders in North America, as well as Argentina. She has combined her own research and experiences into a successful natural building practice.
Eva has dedicated much of her life to nurturing and encouraging lively community. While living in Portland, Oregon, she was an instrumental visionary of the nationally-recognized City Repair Project and the Village Building Convergence. Both projects have become examples of urban revival through the strengthening of neighborhood communities and introduction of earthen building in the city landscape.
Eva’s love for the earth also manifest in her passion for gardening, cooking and craft. She has been an active gardener and a treasured cook in the communities she lives in. Besides making many great home-grown meals for her extended family, she both taught at and cooked for natural building workshops and other large gatherings. Her active mind and inspired hands are often engaging in crafts, herbal medicine, seed saving and music.