The Year of Mud Portfolio

Here’s a sampling of my natural building work from 2008-2017. I’ve designed and built several structures from the ground up, and worked on elements of many other buildings over this duration. My work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Custom timber frames
  • Straw bale, cob, and light clay straw construction
  • Clay and lime plaster finishes
  • Earthen floor installations
  • Cob oven construction
  • Conventional framing and finish carpentry

I am available for consultation and construction on your personal project. Contact me for more details! I’m located outside of Berea, KY but I also take on traveling work as well.

Natural Homes

Included in these images are Gobcobatron, my first cob house project, and Strawtron, a timber frame with straw bale walls and natural plaster finishes. Also included are additional examples of cob, straw bale, earthen floors, and more.

Timber framing is one of my primary building pursuits. I love the opportunity to work with local wood and create something beautiful, durable, and long-lasting. It’s also a great chance to work with hand tools, which I have a fatal attraction to.

Natural Plasters

Natural plasters (and in particular clay plaster) brings me great joy to practice and pursue. Here are some examples of my clay and lime plastering work.

Other Work

Other than natural building, April and I are avid gardeners and woodworkers, pizza pie bakers, food fermenters, and homesteaders. I also do some conventional remodeling, including hardwood floor installation and finishing.

When it comes to woodworking, I like to make Windsor chairs and “furniture of necessity” in particular, and I’m constantly finding new sources of woodworking inspiration. I wish I had another lifetime just to pursue working with wood.