Guest Article: An Earthen Oven Odyssey by Joe Kennedy

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Joe Kennedy, long-time natural builder, tells fascinating stories of the ovens he has built and the lessons he has learned from them. Joe addresses many useful design ideas that he has drawn from his experience. He also shares his drawings of a current oven he is buiding that synthesizes his experiences into a very efficient and useful oven.

Art Is…

  The following essay is from the Introduction to Dig Your Hands in the Dirt: “Art is…” Art is many things, but here what I mean by “art” is that kind of experience by which humans learn. Working with mud, sand, and straw is a way to teach geology, engineering, …

Dig Your Hands in the Dirt: A Manual for Making Art out of Earth

purchase As you might suspect, a book with this title features many photos of barefoot kids happily stomping in the mud. Mud huts and mud pies conjure up pictures of primitive peoples and childish pleasures. But then you realize that the kids aren’t in Africa, but in Washington DC, Chicago, …

The Best of Making Things: A Handbook of Creative Discovery

[product id=”2″] 123456789101112131415202530405075100 Children everywhere will welcome this new edition of a classic activity book – as will their teachers and parents (especially those seeking to simplify). A “best of” compilation of two volumes, it is a unique, affordable, and child-sized handbook that doesn’t talk down to anyone. In fact, …

Rocket Mass Heaters: Superefficient Woodstoves YOU Can Build

This book is the second edition to Rocket Stoves to Heat Cob Buildings published by Cob Cottage Company. Drawings, descriptions and photos are improved and added to. This time, they provide more clear instruction on the brick assembly, the part of building rocket stove that is all in the design, …