Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Perfect Mud Recipes

If you remember our hut, we wanted mud benches around the side, in a circle, so it has seating capacity for around 30. 

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Women from the community offered their expertise. The floor was dug up and ready to mix. 

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The dirt was built up and then bamboo woven to hold back the dirt and a layer of straw.

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Assessing strength and packing in mud…

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In the middle, a pit was dug and water added, which was then ready to mix.

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It gets mixed by hand or rather, by foot.

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At a certain point of proper mixing it was time for the next ingredient.

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More straw.  They women all knew how much to add.

I don’t have pictures of the next process, but the mud, after totally mixed was flung onto the benches, the front and top. They are still in the drying process. 

It’s so amazing to watch a skill set that is at mastery level and I wouldn’t have the first clue where to start.


Teresa said...

This is so amazing!

Kristi said...

Thanks for the pics! I was hoping you would post about the benches!

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sandra said...

Wow neat-o!! Such expertise.

shortybear said...

bless you