Ziggy Reports from The Timber Frame Workshop

Things are progressing smoothly for us here in Nacogdoches. We have fairly quickly moved on from layout to cutting the joinery for the Lake Naconiche timber frame pavilion. I personally haven’t spent much time around the more specialized timber framing power tools, and it’s been a sight to see…. and an experience to use them, too… continues…” – Ziggy

Would You Consider an Earthen Floor?

In June, I finished installing the earthen floor in my cob house. In October, I built the base layer of the earthen floor, a 2.5″ thick mix of sand, clay, and straw. It dried over fall and winter (very slooowly), and once I finished plastering my walls, I moved onto completing the floor this spring.” – Ziggy

Read more about earthen floors at The Year of Mud

Building a Roundwood Spiral Staircase

The completed roundwood spiral staircase
At last, I’m here to report that April and I accomplished building the round wood spiral staircase.  Over the course of five days, literally up to the day before we left Dancing Rabbit, we installed the risers and treads. The staircase design came from our dearest Tom Cundiff, who instructed us on the layout over the phone and in person during our last Timber Frame Workshop. It took us a while to fully grasp the layout and the flow of things, but once we fully understood the principles, it went fairly smoothly…” – Ziggy

See and read more at The Year of Mud…

Building A Green Roof

There’s a lot of construction work going on at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Ziggy reports on the progress:

“Just like building our cob house, the living roof of our new straw bale house has had me thinking for hours, and quite honestly, it’s been the source of a lot of anxiety throughout the entire construction process. Gobcobatron was a breeze in comparison — single story, low to the ground, not a huge roof area.”

Continue reading about Building Our Green Roof | The Strawtron Living Roof Design Details.

Ziggy’s Timber Framing Workshop

Ziggy reports to Lloyd on the recent timber frame workshop.

“Our recent Timber Framing Workshop went amazingly well and was a huge blast. The students had a fantastic time. We got an incredible amount of work done on our new timber frame home, especially considering we used hand tools exclusively, and most participants had little or no prior experience.”

via Lloyd’s Blog: Ziggy’s Timber Framing Workshop.