Thursday, April 03, 2008
Rammed Earth in Madhya Pradesh
These photos come from our correspondent in Bangalore about a project undertaken by Chitra Vishwanath.
Where's the compressor? Where's the fancy tamper?
So where's the skidsteer? The bobcat? The roto-tiller?
The wood chamfer strips look very detailed. I wonder how it looked on the finished wall?
But, but....where's the rebar?
Those are custom made pipe clamps. Apparently China forgot to make some for India.
Next time, I suggest a wheelbarrow and shovels.
He's thinking, "This sure is labor-intensive..."
Well, this will never catch on, there's no diesel being used here.
I could make a joke about formwork with built-in plumb bobs for the amusement of my devoted Cascadian readership, but I'm trying to restrain myself since I'm playing to a larger audience. Enjoy the restraint while you can, guys.
What is diesel going for these days? It' s not getting any cheaper to run all the fabulous machines that keep everything so affordable in North America.
Best dressed rammed earth builder since Bibo of Montreal.
I would be interested to know how that little wiggle in the plywood affected the finished wall. We put tape along the seam between the waler board and the form-ply to keep soil and stones from lodging there.
Now that's some natural building.
I think initially they were using a slip form method but found that unsatisfactory.
I look forward to posting more about this project as it develops. So inspiring.
I'm American, HA HA HA.
Posted by Rammed Earth at 4/03/2008 07:58:00 PM