Work is continuing at EcoWorks with the Straw Bale building. Walls are mostly enclosing the building now. Window-frames fitted. Layers of lime rendering on the outside walls.
Now, over the last few days, a start is made on the inside walls. A preparation of clay, sand and straw is mixed. Clay is sieved to remove lumps and stones. Sand added to the mixture and a little water added sparingly.
Then with a number of people stomping about on it, it is thoroughly mixed together. An amount of straw is added. The mixture is checked for its stickness and the team apply it to the straw bale walls. A clay plaster.
Unlike the lime rendering outside, it is not neccessary to wait until the previous layer is dry. The nexr layer can be applied the following day.
It is difficult to be proscriptive about proportions of materials. These will be different with materials from different places. Thus, a few test mixtures were made and applied in 'control experiments'. Assesments was thus made for its adherence to the straw walls, its easy of application and its stickyness.
More to follow........
The story so far:
EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building" in St.Anns
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