Thursday, April 27, 2006

Colour Is Still Fun!

Yup, colour is still fun! Just like David Lee Roth's pants--you know, colourful, zig-zag, that sort of thing.

What if I told you that these were made with grey cement? It has been our experience that combined with the limestone in our mix, the grey eventually lightens to where it is almost indistinguishable from a block with the same amount of pigment made with white cement. (experiences may and can vary) We're saving our white cement, (at least double the price of grey and god knows how much more embodied energy) for highlights only, to be thrifty.

While I can celebrate the aesthetic possibilities of the slanted lift line, I cannot attest to the structural properties (though one would ass u me that in the end the ramming process will make the wall a single, integral monolith regardless of how the soil was put down.)

Lastly, the black spots on the blocks are obsidian flake insets. You may recall our last insets were with flourite. Also inset (but perhaps not visible) are a number of double terminated quartz crystals. The agenda is to imbue each room's rammed earth wall with a corresponding, appropriate mineral element. (We believe in that kind of thing.)

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