Archive for January, 2008

Please wait a little…. We are busy!!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 15, 2008 by earthbricker

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I really hope that I will find the time the next days to update earthbricker with stories and photos. As you can see on the photo above, sometimes things in Lao go a different way that you expected. But no worries, after a big baeng (schnoizerer) small little wonder truck and I survived without any injuries. The very amoused lao farm-workers and the falang volunteers were pulling us out together. After that, I decided to open the only Jaegermeister-bottle we had, to thank the emergency team. I don’t know if they will ever help again after that culture-shock. But an hour later we were on the road again and together we keep on going! What would the world be without little white wonder car? Sok dii, Cheers, Peter

The first steps in the mudbrick-pit

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2008 by earthbricker

Please start reading from below. The story is upside-down. Sorry. The next time I try not to be stupid…..the first time!

Everyday we could make between 50 and 150 bricks what depended on the number of volunters and evening before.

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The molds had to be lifted carefully at the same time, what was in that case not the easiest exercise.

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After stamping the dough, we had to bring it into wooden molds to get the bricks. The inside of the molds was covered with a plastic table-cloth, that we sprinkled with water each time we filled it new. So the bricks could slip out easily and got a nice shape. After that we let them dry for about two or three days until we turned them and let them dry again for another five days. Then they were dry enough to move. After about two weeks in total they were ready to be used .

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Endless….

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Every morning we prepared our mixture for what we used about 50% clay-mud, 20% cutted straw, 15% rice-husk and 10% sand. After that, we added a lot of sweat and laughs until everything was mixed and our feet cut.When farm-visitors said: “Oh! That looks like in the childhood. That must be a lot of fun!” We just could answer: “But children are smart enough to go home after twenty minutes or do something else.”

But we underestimated the power of lao kids!

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This was our working place for the first month. Together we made about 1800 bricks. But the pit wasn’t only a place to work, it was also a wonderful space to meet people from all over the world, who were willing to work together, share endless knowledge and endless gossip. I guess we had minimum 100 people helping with shoveling mud, sand rice-husk, cutting straw. Afterwards stamping the mixture and fill it into the molds. Thank you all so much for the wonderful time and your ambitious help! Without you we would never be so far as we are now!

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