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Deck Family Farm – Cob Cottage

In March and April of 2015, Eva led the finishing of a cob cottage at Deck Family Farm. The clay, straw, wood, manure, and milk for these finishes all came from onsite at this beautiful 320-acre organic farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The main construction of this building was designed and led by Ali Maggio … Read Full Post …

Albany Pallet Building

In 2011, I taught a 3 week workshop and gave a presentation at the Natural Building Extravaganza in NC. A student in the course, Max Livingstone, was intrigued by the pallet building projects I had worked on and consulted with me on how to build his own. In 2015, after Livingstone had completed the main … Read Full Post …

Chicken Palace

Stop motion photography by Jonathan Shaw We had a lot of fun at the 2010 Village Building Convergence! In addition to the straw-clay retrofit, Eva Edleson led the construction of this of this Chicken Palace with Sol Crawford and Mark Lakeman at the Planet Repair Institute. These projects were designed by Mark Lakeman.  It is … Read Full Post …

Straw-Clay Retrofit at Planet Repair Institute

This year, during the Village Building Convergence 2010, Eva led the installation of one of Portland’s first residential straw-clay retrofit projects.  In just a few days, with many hands, we filled walls that previously had no insulation.  The new insulation is estimated to have an R-Value of between R-1.6 and R-2 per inch. When finished, … Read Full Post …

Pallet Structure- The Fuddy

In September of 2009 Eva designed and led the construction of a pallet structure, called the Fuddy, at Spirit Pine Sanctuary. (Click on images to enlarge!) All of the pallets were free and reclaimed from a nearby farm.  The pallets were stuffed with straw-clay insulation and protected with an earthen plaster.  I was inspired to build … Read Full Post …

Adobe Pump House

This adobe pump house was built to reduce the sound coming from a generator at Spirit Pine Sanctuary.  Betty Seaman made the bricks and together with her apprentice, Natalie Spears, they built this structure in December of 2009.  Max led the construction of the roof which included milled lumber and cement- “ceramic” roof tiles.

Alex’s House

During 2006 & 2007, Max and Alex Edleson set about the building of Alex’s house in a clearing in the woods on a community-owned piece of land in the beautiful Rio Azul valley, near El Bolson, Argentina (Patagonia).  The building is a hybrid of natural building techniques including round-pole timber framing, rustic carpentry, non-load bearing … Read Full Post …

Adobe Meditation Studio

In October 2009, Eva, Max and the fantastic Betty Seaman of Spirit Pine were hired by an accomplished healer in the Santa Barbara area to construct a building to do prayer in.  Perscriptions for the building were that it be affordable and that it follow basic Huichol cultural guidelines for such a space which included … Read Full Post …

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