Adobe wall creeps along with a lizard

12 Apr

Adobe wall slowly grows taller

Work on our place has stalled due to construction jobs elsewhere in the desert. We stole one day to lay a few courses of adobe block on the arch, but have several more courses to go before the ramada west wall is done.And we continue to experiment with plasters, as you can see on the adobe wall. They will eventually be chipped off before the ‘real’ plaster is applied.

First cob sculpture: lizard!

With a few hours to spare at the end of one day, and with a bucket of heavenly red clay sitting there shouting at me every time I pass it, I mixed up some of that clay, black volcanic sand, and a couple handfuls of chopped dried grass that we harvested from alongside Terlingua Creek. Bit by bit I added water, played with the cob, and a lizard started talking to me. And now I have a dark reddish brown lizard buddy that is still solid despite drying in the sun for nearly a month. I think he is deserving of a red clay slip to hide the grass clippings and look more elegant. Then I’ll have to find a place to incorporate a vertical block!

 

A new addition to the El Punto family: a 2,700-gallon capacity tank. We’re very happy!

Happy water cistern.

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “Adobe wall creeps along with a lizard”

  1. Chris Miller April 12, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    You guys ill get it done in due time (Terlingua time lol). Can’t wait to see where you end up incorporating the lizard. You may need some additional art on some other blocks to even it all out? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We’ve got our tanks up here now too but need to find a place to put them and start leveling. Right now nothing looks level and it looks like a job for a tractor so I dunno….

    • Macrobe April 12, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      We’ve leveled and dug everything at our place with help from a good friend: pick axe. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And our ground is rockier than yours. Come visit us at Cedar Springs next week and we’ll show you how its done ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Macrobe April 12, 2013 at 11:00 am #

      BTW, I have plans for a very LARGE cob lizard, and a coyote, and…….

  2. Debbie Dickie April 14, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Love it! ya’ll been busy, busy, busy!

    • Macrobe April 19, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      Thanks, Deb! Been busy building a 22’x24′ stone patio for the last week and then some. Unfortunately, it’s not for us. We’re only 1/2 way done ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Soon as that is done, we have to scurry on a big project at home and we’re under a timeline……

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