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glorfon
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I was talking to my mom today about my great great grandfather who originally homesteaded the land that we'll be using.  Apparently there's a house near my patch that was built by him and is now owned by a distant relative(the renter).  He built it out of bricks that he made himself out of clay he dug out of the ground (Yeah, that's how we Germans do things!).

Any way I didn't just make this thread to revel in how awesome my ancestors are (though they really are awesome).  What I'm getting at is that if he can do it we can do it!  Not for the general housing though.  I would want to get the houses up quick and make our own brick isn't quick.  But maybe for landscaping and buildings we build later we can make bricks.

Oh, and are there any sculptors in the audience? We could make pottery and sculptures with the clay too. Which means

Dig up clay
Sculpt
Fire
???
Profit!

Damn, I inherited the best land EVER!
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Yeah, I'm totally not gonna argue with that!

Once upon a time I learned how to make your own mud-and-straw bricks the old fashioned way in the forest. If I remember correctly, you just mix the damned stuff without too much water, shape with wood, and bake in the sun.
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If we could dig large spots underground right where we get the clay, could we just put the bricks where we dug out the clay?

Oh, and MY ancestors went and helped found Montreal in Canada. So take THAT!

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LeReveur wrote:
Yeah, I'm totally not gonna argue with that!


Well i am, once i figure out a reason to do so! Laughing

my ancestors were in teh soviet union...
owned...

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vov35 wrote:
LeReveur wrote:
Yeah, I'm totally not gonna argue with that!


Well i am, once i figure out a reason to do so! Laughing

my ancestors were in teh soviet union...
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Okay, you win.

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I think vov wins.  Nothing says work ethic like surviving the Soviet Union.

Also clay would make cob possible though it wouldn't be as permanent as bricks.  I'm pretty sure the ingredients of cob are just clay dirt and straw.
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dude, thats an awesome building material, you go get some random crap lying/growing all over the place, burn it, and you have walls!
I don't know why i just realized teh awesomeness of cobb but whatever.

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lol. Yay for cobb!
Should we look into pottery and pottery wheels, as well as kilns?


My ancestors comprised the Kansa indian tribe. (That's if you totally ignore the 7 or so other indian tribes and the 13 or so european nations I've got in me!)
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I think we should, i mean if there is clay in the ground around there...

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Pottery wheels yes kilns.  I'm not so sure.  Aren't they usually gas or electric powered.  Maybe we could build a brick wood fueled kiln once we're there.


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