A lot has happened in the last year since I was able to update our website. Some information and photos exist on our Facebook
page. While I will be working to post regular updates to catch you up on all of the exciting details, I hope that you will look there to
see some of the work we have been doing over the past year including a light straw clay building, hosting a summer camp for girls,
building a rocket mass heater, growing a big garden and composting with worms in the community!
Are you interested in natural building, food growing and sustainable living? Then, welcome to what Raven Says where Raven will teach you the
Episode 1: How to make clay and milk wall plaster
This easy recipe requires:
Six (6) parts fine white sand (the same kind used in swimming pool filters, careful to buy REAL sand silicate and not the
plastic imitation when looking for this product.)
One (1) part fine white clay (we found both the clay and the sand at a pottery store.)
Milk (fresh, canned or dried all work.)
In Ravenís instructional video she demonstrates making a small test batch using small bowls. When making enough for walls
or other things (like our rocket mass heater) we use a 5 gallon bucket for mixing and medium size yogurt containers for
measuring. Using the yoghurt container we usually add 12 parts sand and 2 parts clay for 1-1.5 gallons of milk.
When using mason stain for color keep in mind that the color will fade as it dries. For this reason we usually make two or
three small batches with different amounts of stain. We apply one or two stripes to the wall next to each other to make a
color stripe. This is the easiest way to compare the color and pick your favorite one.