The author started out in 1914 to find a way to build his home, he was eager and full of energy to work hard and learn as much as he could. Of course he was disuaded by architects and others of his day who looked down upon his adventure. Similar to many 'natural builders' of today who seek to get out from under a crushing mortgage and a lifetime of indebtedness to the bank Clough researched the many local methods. Then the Great War struck (WW1), and changed his plans. Soon he and his wife were running a hospital and needed buildings on site to house the men and materials he was responsible for, so he turned to Pise de terre ( rammed earth). In a straightforward and charming manner he presents here unique information about the earthen, cob and pise methods now popular again with 'green' builders. The basics of using clay and lime and simple tools to build walls is well explained. And the building construction problems of an average man 100 years ago are easily understood today.
Black and white photos and illustrations, floor plans and tools needed, with index, and appendix in 176 pages, in a PDF format. 3.7 MB size