This earthen oven was built during a three-day workshop. The design was inspired from the story of the Great A'tuin in Discworld, where a turtle's back supports four elephants which in turn hold up the world. With all the colorful mosaic going on on this turtle's shell, the world is sure be be supported. This oven gets a lot of use from it's owner and I am delighted every time I get invited to enjoy it.
This was one of my first cob building experiences. I took this cob bench workshop with Jack Stephens, and in exchange as a work-trade, I built the roof structure. The roof uses all reclaimed lumber and pier footings. The bench serves as a bus stop for the children in the local community and it is a welcoming feature of the Maitreya EcoVillage.
This was my B. Arch Thesis project at Cornell University. I developed a theory called 'Macrobiotic Design' which centered around site harvested materials, seasonal adaption and occupant awareness. After presenting the theory for my final review, I spent six months putting the ideas to the test and building a small structure for real. This exercise opened me up to the world of natural building and I am grateful for the experience. It's open to the public along the trail to Six Mile Gorge, if you are in Ithaca, please visit!