Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hats and Boots (boots edition 1 of 2)

Months ago I chatted with a middle-aged woman here in New Mexico who had built her own little straw bale cabin by herself. I told her about the workshops I’d been to and the grand plans for Cielito Lindo Ranch. … Continue reading

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Worn Glove

This is what my glove looks like today. This pair is made of thick cow hide – the toughest gloves I could find — and they’re only about two months old. The holes you see are the result of the … Continue reading

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Raising the Mast

We’ve added wind power to our solar panels — or we’re about to. The hardest part of this was actually creating the mast and getting it into place. That’s now done with metal brackets to strap the wind turbine pole … Continue reading

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Breaking Ground, Breaking with Tradition

After decades of dreaming, years of research, several hands-on workshops, meetings with architects,  contractors, structural engineers, and weeks of drafting, it finally happened – we broke ground today. Lee from Catron Concrete arrived this morning with his tractor and laser-level … Continue reading

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Sustainable Building Foundations

Building with the environment in mind goes beyond just materials. You actually need to start with the local environment–meaning weather and land. For a building site for the main lodge we wanted flat land, a great south facing view (for … Continue reading

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