Building with stone - the quick and easy way 

Learn how you can simply and quickly build beautiful, structurally sound stone-faced concrete walls of all sizes and shapes. This technique was used by Frank Lloyd Wright but has been modified to appear as "stone wall" rather than as a concrete wall with spotted stone. Charles Bello, former architect and engineer, leads the class in a permanent curvilinear stone wall at the at RFI Headquarters Facility. Forms are stripped so that the wall can be carved, sculpture, and cleaned and finished the same day, resulting in a permanent product that an inexperienced person can complete with ease. Learn also how this technique can apply to building of benches,bearing walls, arches, fireplaces, and curvilinear walls while becoming inspired to tackle your own projects. A useful project will be conducted from star to finish demonstrating all aspects of this technique.


  
Seminar 2000 at Institute for Solar Living Site                       Curved Stone Terrace Wall

  
                                  54 feet long by 7 ft. high stone wall completed in 5 hours

The balance of the day will be used for a conducted guided tour of RFI's Headquarters working 400 acre self-sufficient ranch, and for recreational activities including hikes and overview of some of the other activities on site. For those camping overnight and or those who wish to stay over for evening entertainment, there will be a campfire with music, stories, and discussion of environmental issues with a focus on what is happening in the redwood forest and what RFI is doing about it. Bring an instrument if you have one.

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