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Adobe Construction Workshop
Saturday, October 31 - Sunday, November 1, 2015

adobeisnotsoftware is pleased to have Kurt Gardella return to California for two days of intensive instruction in adobe construction. Intended as an introduction to adobe construction for individuals and building professionals, the course will give attendees sufficient knowledge to make adobe bricks, build a garden wall, and understand typical building code and detailing challenges that confront adobe bulding projects in California.

Topics Include:
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Adobe Construction
  • Soil Selection and Testing
  • Making Adobe Bricks
  • Water Resistance and Stabilization
  • Adobe Forms
  • Brick Laying Techniques
  • Doors, Windows and Other Openings
  • Detailing
  • Seismic Design
  • Permitting
  • Adobe for the Owner/Builder
Instruction Type:
This is a hands-on class. Attendees will have the opportunity to get dirty and use tools and equipment typical of adobe construction. Due to the course format, enrollment will be limited to 14 individuals. Children under the age of 14 unfortunately cannot be accomodated. In the unlikely event of inclement weather, instruction will occur indoors.

Kurt Gardella teaches adobe construction at Santa Fe Community College, is Director of Education for Adobe in Action, and is certified as an earth-building specialist by the German Dachverband Lehm.

Ben Loescher is a licensed architect, founder of adobeisnotsoftware and principal of Loescher Meachem Architects.

The class will be conducted in Pioneertown, California, about 12 miles outside of Joshua Tree National Park and some 40 miles from Palm Springs. Joshua Tree and the surrounding area have a wealth of great hiking, climbing, lodging and food options, including Pioneertown's world famous Pappy and Harriet's just down the street (a great place to celebrate Halloween!).

The cost for the Saturday and Sunday is $175/person before October 1st, $225/person thereafter. Please inquire for discounts for multiple attendees. Coffee and nibbles will be provided at the beginning of the day; lunch is included.

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Please do not hesitate to contact Ben by email at mud[at] or by phone at (760) 278-1134.