Earthbag bench building workshop: 6th May, Sydney

This Sunday Nick is leading a free earthbag bench building workshop as part of National Permaculture Day in Sydney. Do you want to come along?

Earthbag is a really excellent, low-impact building technique used for building strong, solid structures; be they benches, garden beds, or homes. We’ve cut our teeth on an Earthbag dome at Milkwood Farm, and now we’re ready to pass on the knowledge. So we’re starting this weekend.

Earthbag dome building workshop at Milkwood Farm. Lots of whackin' of bags of earth, with a great result!

Earthbag bench building! These three pics via EarthbagBuilding.com

In short, earthbag construction involves filling long bags with earth (with or without a small amount of cement added, depending on the job), then pounding them flat, laying wire ontop of them, and then repeating the process.

In a short time you build up a very strong structure with impressive tensile strength, which can even be load bearing. Earthbag is used around the world as a low-impact technique for building very strong structures using the materials available on-site. You can read more about earthbag construction via the links at the end of this post.

You can register for the Sunday workshop here. We’ll be going at it from 10am till 4pm, with 10 minute talks on the hour to explain the how and why. You can book in to attend an hour’s slot, and then keep at it if you’re into it (assuming we’re not overloaded with interest).

Due to the urban nature of the small backyard we’re working in, active participants are limited to 6 at any one time. Please book in with Monique if you’re interested. It will be a day of dirt, whacking, and fun! Ultimately resulting in a long snaky earthbag bench. We hope.

Other incredibly excellent events for National (actually it’s just gone international this year) Permaculture Day are here. Check out what’s near you.

And some earthbag building resources:

5 Comments

  1. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    Its times like these that I wish I didn’t live in Tasmania :(. Steve and I are doing our diploma of landscape design at the moment and are in the process of designing a sustainable landscape design. We want to use permaculture principals, xeriscape plantings and as much on site as we can and this would be an amazing way to build fluid structures (outdoor entertaining area with pizza oven and seating) for our plan! One day I am going to find myself with the money, the transportation and the time to head up and attend one of your excellent courses but until then I will have to content myself with peeking through your post windows and scraping on the window sadly…

  2. Darren Jameson
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I have to say that I am yet to see a nice construction made out of earthbags. They always end up looking like an igloo and I aint Inuit.

    • Posted May 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

      If you don’t like em, Darren, that’s up to you! The reason many earthbag buildings are curved is because of the superior tensile strength of the shape – the domes, when properly made, are tsunami proof, hurricane proof etc.

  3. Posted May 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just wanted to let you know that Big Sis and I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award. More details here: http://mysisterspantry.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/sunshine-day-indeed/. We find you tremendously inspirational! Have a super day!

  4. Shane
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Where does one get hold of earthbags?

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