works06 > mPUEBLO 1 - 10.8.06, Makamah

Local clay, quartzite pebbles and dry phragmites.

I waded through a high tide to get to the Makamah clay exposure - a warm day and just a few days back from Bandelier and the Taos Pueblo. Not my first stone wall but a new technique - bonding the stones together with a mortar of clay pulled from the cliff into which the dwelling is built. Reed vigas tie the wall to the cliff and serve as support for an unbuilt roof. I can see these cliffs gradually filling with structures - but this might be a "downhill" challenge. It rained a couple of days after I built this and on my return the stones had washed away but the roof structure remained.