Rammed Earth Works

Learn by doing! Build a foundation and then use formwork to build a low, walled structure. For a pizza oven!

Rammed earth is an old building technique made new again. It offers strength, thermal mass, beauty. In this workshop with local building designer Tom Chen and builder Shane Hannan you'll get your hands literally dirty.

Discover how to peg out to your dimensions, install formwork, process clay, mix your materials (cement is used in this version), and ram the mix. Then do the same thing for a more complex 3-walled base (for a pizza oven). Put in a "services" box eg for power or water.

Finally the next steps will be explained, including how to seal the surfaces when they're ready, known issues and your own situation. Rammed earth is brilliant for retaining walls, a feature wall, garden wall and so much more.

When: Sunday 28 May 2017, 8.30am-3.00pm.

Where: Location in Dungog town - you'll be given details when you book.

Cost: $125, concession $105. Optional lunch $15 per person.

(Then comes the pizza oven. Three weeks later (to be confirmed) we'll be having a workshop in "how to build a wood-fired pizza oven" over two days, most probably 17-18 June. Participants in the rammed earth course will receive a significant discount in the pizza oven course.)

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