My aim with this project is to live a more healthy, ecological, low consumption lifestyle. I bought the property in July 2012 and am slowly renovating the house using ecological materials and methods where possible and have started to grow food. Ideas for the future include planting a forest garden and creating an association to encourage a low impact lifestyle.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
A visit from 'Formabois'
Shortly after I had contacted the association 'Arpe' (that promotes ecoconstruction in Basse Normandy) to let them know that I was undertaking an ecological renovation, I had a phonecall from a college teacher asking if he could bring a group of students to work with me on the house for a couple of days. The association are called 'Formabois'. The students worked to replace a wooden panel at the front of house and learned to prepare a torchis mixture of earth and hay and to apply it to the framework that they had built:
Above: Two students observe as their teacher levers the beam into place.
Above: Fitting an upright into a mortice.
Above: The shaving horse I made in the UK serves for shaping the pegs to hold the beams in place.
Above: The students apply the torchis mixture to the wooden panel they had constructed the day before.