Other resources I use and recommend
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EARTHBAG BUILDING TOOLKIT
The Natural Building Blog
This is probably the top online resource for earthbag building. Pretty much any question related to earthbag is answered in this prolific blog or its sister site, Earthbagbuilding.com.
Cal Earth Institute (California)
If you want to see earthbag in the flesh, or take part in a course, Cal Earth is a US based centre dedicated to earthbag building.
Earthbag Building, the Tools and Tricks of the Trade.
See my book recommendations.
Yes, I recommend my true earthbag building story as part of your earthbagging toolkit. It's primarily humorous adventure, but also informative.
1. It shows what NOT to do
2. It will motivate and inspire you, as pretty much every review will testify.
3. It takes you through the psychological challenges of the building process and gives tips on how to deal with them.
NATURAL BUILDING TECHNIQUES
The Talking Natural Homes Forum
Without a doubt the best forum for natural builders and off-gridders right now. You can expect expert and rigorously vetted comment, with no vacuous click bait.
Build Naturally with Sigi Koko
For earthplaster and strawbale expertise, Sigi's Facebook page and website are the place to go.
The Owner Builder Magazine (Aus)
This lovely and practical self-build magazine is packed full of cutting-edge natural building articles.
For those in my homeland of Turkey, I recommend this FB group, for workshops and earth building tips.
Earth Hands and Houses
Paulina's site is a great resource for both earthbag and strawbale building. Paulina helped build a friend of mine's beautiful strawbale home, and they recommend her wholeheartedly.
Get Rugged (Scotland)
Lovely website full of inspiration and tips. Make sure to pick up the free "Self Build Made Simple" PDF too.
INSPIRATION, ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE AND NATURE
PAD Tiny Houses
Dee William's site for alternative dwellings, offers all sorts of tips for Tiny House Dreamers.
I'm a lone wolf, so my perspective is slanted to the reclusive. But there are plenty of alternative families out there too. This site is run by two South African writers doing it their way.
Sophie and Hakan live in a beautiful strawbale home remote in the Turkish hills, with horses, dogs and plenty of magic. Both are photographers, and have created this enchanting portfolio.