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“House Built of Sky” Wall Stuffing (Mini-Groups)

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“House Built of Sky” Wall Stuffing (Mini-Groups)

With the foundation of the Hermitage house now complete and exterior wall framing in process, clay/straw wall construction will begin mid-June. Come join us for community fun and work June 9-13 and June 16-20. We are organizing work crews of up to 10 persons each day. Come for a day, two days or a week. Lodging on the premises is possible as needed, please contact Kevin,  contact@hermitagecommunity.org or (269) 244-8696 to discuss the lodging options. Building with clay and straw is a centuries old method of house construction called Leichtlehmbau (ly’-shlem-bow), which means light (straw) clay building. Straw provides thermal resistance (R value) and binds with the clay.  Clay protects the straw from fire, vermin and mold while providing thermal mass qualities that allow the wall to regulate temperature and humidity within the building. The vapor permeable wall system acts as a heat exchanging / air filtering medium.  Extraction and transportation aside, there is no petroleum used to manufacture these basic building materials. Morning Prayer will be in the chapel from 8-8:30, for those interested. We will gather to work at 8:45 for COVID-19 check-in and Builder’s Circle exercise. Work will commence at 9:00 and end promptly at 5:00.  All workers should bring their own mask, gloves and eye protection. We will get very dirty. Wear appropriate clothes and sturdy footwear.    Register to help with the house in JuneName Email address When can you come? (Dates: June 9-13 or 16-20)  VerificationPlease enter any two digits *Example: 12This box is for spam protection - please leave it blank:...

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“House Built of Sky” Wall Stuffing (Mini-Groups)

Posted by on Jun 9, 2020 in | 0 comments

“House Built of Sky” Wall Stuffing (Mini-Groups)

With the foundation of the Hermitage house now complete and exterior wall framing in process, clay/straw wall construction will begin mid-June. Come join us for community fun and work June 9-13 and June 16-20. We are organizing work crews of up to 10 persons each day. Come for a day, two days or a week. Lodging on the premises is possible as needed, please contact Kevin,  contact@hermitagecommunity.org or (269) 244-8696 to discuss the lodging options. Building with clay and straw is a centuries old method of house construction called Leichtlehmbau (ly’-shlem-bow), which means light (straw) clay building. Straw provides thermal resistance (R value) and binds with the clay.  Clay protects the straw from fire, vermin and mold while providing thermal mass qualities that allow the wall to regulate temperature and humidity within the building. The vapor permeable wall system acts as a heat exchanging / air filtering medium.  Extraction and transportation aside, there is no petroleum used to manufacture these basic building materials. Morning Prayer will be in the chapel from 8-8:30, for those interested. We will gather to work at 8:45 for COVID-19 check-in and Builder’s Circle exercise. Work will commence at 9:00 and end promptly at 5:00.  All workers should bring their own mask, gloves and eye protection. We will get very dirty. Wear appropriate clothes and sturdy footwear.  Register to help with the house in JuneName Email address When can you come? (Dates: June 9-13 or 16-20)  VerificationPlease enter any two digits *Example: 12This box is for spam protection - please leave it blank:...

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House Build Update – by Naomi Wenger

Posted by on Nov 8, 2019 in News | 1 comment

House Build Update – by Naomi Wenger

Since 2017, we have been telling you of our desire to build a house at The Hermitage for expanding the resident community and providing housing for staff. We have also been asking you for donations to fund this building project. The journey toward building this house has seemed like a long one to us as we have painstakingly developed ideas and set some aside for what we believe to be better plans. In 2018, we announced that we were set to begin building in 2019. But, the planning phase has taken longer than we expected. We finally broke ground in August, believing that we were ready to begin. However, as we examined a plausible building calendar, we realized that we would be pushing very hard to have the walls completed and the roof on before winter set in. Since we are building with sustainable methods that will help us model how homes can be built for resilience in a period of climate change, the importance of not hurrying the project just to get it done is more significant to us than completing the project on a pre-determined timeline. So, we stepped back and we are now waiting for another building season to begin. In this waiting period, we are envisioning how we can use our own timber to mill siding and trim for the house and casting the net more widely for support for volunteers to help us complete this build. We now are planning to begin in earnest as soon as the ground thaws in the Spring of 2020. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” Luke 14:28-30 Tuesday’s lectionary reading from Luke 14 reminds us that first “sit[ting] down and estimat[ing] the cost” of building is a bit of wisdom Jesus used to measure the fittingness of a person to be his disciple. We feel the gravity of that wisdom as we set about building a house. During this waiting period, we have come very close to meeting the fundraising goal, set in 2017, of $270,000. We have just under $30,000 left to raise. Since 2017, the cost of housing materials, especially lumber and steel, have risen significantly and we may need to extend our goal upward before the project can be completed. So, we are using this extra time to continue our fundraising efforts and to find more cost-effective ways of building the house. These include asking folks to donate labor and help us build the house. To that end, we are looking for 50 volunteers to commit to come for between one and 14 days from May 18 through June 1 (including Memorial Day weekend) to help us complete the mass walls of the house. Volunteers will be mixing clay slip, combining the slip with straw, stuffing the muddy mix into wall forms, moving the wall forms, cooking, cleaning, and other tasks. All volunteers will be fed nutritious meals and we will house you, either at The Hermitage or nearby, if our rooms are full. Then, sometime in August and September, we will need volunteers again to help apply natural plaster to the interior of the house (unskilled labor), create an earth floor (unskilled labor), and do finish construction (skills required). Counting the cost, for us, means more than having enough...

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