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Earthen Hand Designs and Teaches Natural Building Techniques

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Oct 31, 2009   Updated: Jul 11 2011 • References: nbnetwork.org and earthenhand
From sculptural architecture, to earthen paints or plasters, to earth ovens or artwork, Portland, Oregon-based Earthen Hand Natural Building is at the front of the growing interest in earthen building techniques.

Artist Scott Howard not only designs and builds the company's architectural scale sculptures, ceramic art, stained glass windows, and custom furniture, he conducts natural building workshops. The video above shows some of the techniques used in earthen building.

Implications - Earthen Hand proves that common materials can yield extraordinary results. As environmental awareness rises, so too do ways to reduce waste and reuse materials. Sometimes this means revisiting traditional, “primitive” practices to discover their potential to address modern needs in an environmentally sustainable way.