This is one example of many projects found in the book The Best of Making Things - A Hand Book of Creative Discovery. Find out more about the book! You wil need: 8 strips of wooden lath (or cut a wooden yardstick) - small nails - hammer - window screening - staple gun - dry vegetable fibers (such as corn husks, onion skins, celery strings, sawdust, weeds, or straw) - scissors -blender - paper towels, napkins, paper bags, newspaper or tissue - dishpan - newspaper - sponge - iron. Make 2 wooden frames the same size (any size that fits in a dishpan). Staple a piece of window screen onto . . .
I have been making earthen ovens for over twenty years now. I made my first one in 1991 when I was working with architect Nader Khalili at CalEarth in the Mojave Desert. We were making a lot of adobe bricks at the time (friendly Persian-sized ones â€“ 8â€x8â€x2â€) and also building domes of regular fired bricks. Iâ€™m not sure what got it into my brain to make an oven, probably an old picture of the ovens at Taos Pueblo. One day I made a round foundation of adobe bricks in a mud mortar bed right on the ground, then hammered a string in the middle and used that as a guide to lay up a . . .
I cut these low-relief directly into wet mud smeared on sheetrock panels. After they are finished (and dry), I apply colored washes, which also make the surface more durable. Click on the thumbnail to see the entire image, uncropped. They range in size from about 16 x 24 inches to the big mural, which is about 8 x 20 feet. All were part of an installation/show at the Bush Barn Gallery in Salem, OR, in 2004. Note the wall made of temporary gallery wall panels that we assembled into a gateway, covered with cardboard, and then plastered with mud. The finger pattern was copied directly from a . . .