Primitive Technology: Adobe wall (dry stacked)


The thatched hut without walls Digging a pit to mix clay Clay in a dry side creek bank Clay into pit Water in main creek Water into pit Let clay slake then tread into mix Dig puddle to soak brick mold Brick mold made of fired clay Wood ash makes the water slippery so the clay wont stick to mold Wet mold Dry ash stomps clay sticking to ground Lump of clay Press clay into mold Scree off excess clay Lift up mold Next brick Wash mold 40 bricks Turn bricks to dry quicker Lay bricks around structure Flatten ground Only make 3 sided wall (front left open) More clay More bricks Stack on previous layer White tail rat prints 36.5 bricks per layer Now adding water to clay bank so it’s easier to dig (softens soil) It’s good to add dry dirt to the previous layer so that as the bricks dry they slide rather than crack as they dry Stop motion brick laying Bricks formed into wall are simultaneously drying. When ready they can be fired into ceramic bricks but for now are protected from the rain while not taking up space within the hut. Adobe wall

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