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A research visit to an Earthship…

English: A picture of the workings of natural ...

English: A picture of the workings of natural ventilation in a earthship. Schematic was based on a picture found in the book “Earthship Vol 2:Systems and Components by Michael Reynolds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Elly and I are in the planning stages of our earth bermed house project which we hope to be living in in a year or so. About a mile or so from our current house is an “Earthship“, a particular style of earth bermed house, originally designed and promoted by New mexico architect Mike Reynolds.  It is built with walls made out of earth-filled automobile tires that are then covered with clay and cement.

It uses south-facing solar windows and a number of other things (like greywater cisterns) which we are planning on.

While this is not the method of building we are looking at, it has enough of the same features that we felt it would be a source of information for us. Owners Larry and Karen spent four years doing much of the building themselves and they were a fountain of information answering all of our questions and giving us advice. We have a number of leads to look up that they have directed us to.

I’ll be getting into more stuff about our new house plan as we go along.

Side view of the Earthship near us.


Special guests on the Winners and Losers show tomorrow morning…

Mr. Bill

Mr. Bill O’Meara and Ben Snyder, two of my friends from the Timber Frame Folly who are working hard on the Rube Carnival we’re pulling off for kids and adults like us who never forgot how to be kids, will be my guests tomorrow at WSHC (89.7 FM) starting at 8:00 AM. On line we’re at


We’ll be talking about the Carnival, the Folly in general, music, chickens and just about anything else we can think of. You can also call in and talk with these fellas at 304-876-5369.

We’re getting closer to the Carnival, Sept. 10 and 11, and there’s a lot to get ready, which we’ll talk about tomorrow. Plus I’ll be there at 7:30 AM with my warmup for the morning as I substitute for John Case..

The Timber Frame Folly

Having fun at The Folly…

I’m just about finished with my booth for the Rube Carnival at the Timber Frame Folly in September. Today I finished painting the slingshot table that goes in front. Here’s a preview:

I’m coloring in the targets at home… then I’ll be ready to set the whole thing up.

Being a retired guy has its benefits.