Thursday, December 14, 2006

Adobe building

Pi Jo and Pi Dtai (pictured here, on the left) are world-renowned adobe builders. We have begun under their tutelage to make bricks that will comprise the yoga/meditation center. Here we are mixing mud with our feet...

The ingredients are clay, sand and water in the right proportions, to which we add a large amount of rice husks (a waste material) that provides fibers for strength and binding for the bricks.

We fill wooden forms with the mud, then remove the forms and let the bricks dry in the sun.

Hadar (left) amd Julia doing the form work.

We work every other day or so making bricks for 2 - 3 hours at a time. Our current rate is to produce about 100 bricks an hour, but Pi Jo promises to teach us his technique for making bricks even faster. The speed/efficiency is good since we need to make at least 4,000 or so for the yoga center!

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