Monday, December 28, 2015

Make Your Own Solar Oven- A New Improved Oven

It was over 3 years ago we made our cardboard solar cooker 
as a prototype for a more permanent cooker as we profiled in the post:

This past spring we finally made the permanent one (above).

We adopted the plans from:

and plans included in the 1992 book,
 Cooking With The Sun (Morning Sun Press)
 by Beth and Dan Halacy.
(As an aside, as I was researching for this post 
I noticed that Beth Halacy died earlier this year,
Dan had died some years earlier.
Many thanks to them for there contributions to the passive use of solar energy.)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Building An Adobe Wall: #6 Plastering And Creating The Designs

In this post of our series I want to take a look at how we plastered the wall 
and Allison will explain how she and her sisters made the designs, such as you see above,
 out of adobe mud and mineral pigments.

 In the photo above Cynthia used caliche, a clay slip, and oxides on her burrowing owl 
with earring eyes hiding under the Mexican Hat flowers Allison created earlier.