Thursday, 6 October 2016

Next EMESS Meeting - Hill Holt Wood and other Updates!

The next EMESS meeting will be held at:

Hill Holt Wood, 
on the A46 between Lincoln and Newark 

On: Saturday 22nd October 2016

At: 11am

Rowland Keable from EBUKI will be giving a practical demonstration on building with earth and a talk on the Rammed Earth building he was involved in constructing at Hill Holt Wood followed by our main meeting. [see below]

Tea and Coffee are available. Please bring a packed lunch.


New Build Mud and Stud

Work will be starting on 12th October and continuing for 3 weeks at the University of Lincoln Campus on the experimental shed for the new mud and stud project at Skegness.

The 'shed' will be constructed by the Students [and anyone willing to come along to play], of a number of panels using different mixes and techniques so they can be appraised over the coming months to hopefully find the best materials to use in the new build.

If you would like more information, to visit the site for a look or even hands on experience please contact Trevor.


EMESS Meeting Day Outline [Hill Holt Wood]
1. – From about 11:00 – 11:30 am Following a quick introduction, A Practical Presentation.  Which takes about an hour.
Rowland to demonstrate using training tables and interactive tools developed by CRAterre in France (the International Centre for Earth Construction), involving the science and technology of earth building with introduction to the basics of clay, sand, fibre and water and how they can be combined and used as practical and suitable earth building material.  This will be a practical demonstration and members of the audience are sometimes invited to take part with some elements of this.  Rowland will drive up and bring several boxes with kit and materials which he lays out on tables length ways.  He therefore has a requirement for space with about 3-4 fairly long tables tables joined together.  And then some seating for people to watch.  He may need a little bit of water, to mix with materials in jars.  He ends up with sample ‘earth material’ cones where he places weights on them and finally he may hopefully get someone to stand on one.

A couple of example presentations done earlier, as below:-


2. – About 12:30 pm Lunch.
I will ask Trevor to put in an e-mail to everyone to bring a packed lunch.  This is what normally happens.  They can also bring flasks of hot drinks if you would prefer us to do so.

3. – About 1:15 pm A Talk on the Rammed Earth Building at Hill Holt Wood.
The presentation before leads into how earth can be used as a practical building material, and Rowland can then follow this with a talk about a typical example building – thus the Rammed Earth Building at Hill Holt Wood and how it was built, with questions and answers afterwards.
4. – About 2:45pm An EMESS/EBUKI meeting.
EMESS often like to have a quick catch-up while members are present.  This will probably include a discussion about the EBUKI annual conference and workshops which we would like to host for 2017 in Lincolnshire, specifically because the local vernacular construction and architecture is ‘Mud & Stud’, which EMESS is really about as a group, supporting and raising it’s awareness.

5.  - Hopefully we should be finished about 4:00pm.

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