Elevating mud to art

  • Adobe Journal cover

  You might need to build a new addition just to house the Adobe Journal. The 11 by 14 inch quarterly from Albuquerque, N.M., allows ample room for black and white photos of adobe innovations, from castles with stained glass and arches, to "earthships" of tires and cans that house indoor gardens. Published by the non-profit group Friends of Adobe, the journal promotes earthen construction as a way to conserve timber, preserve folk art and provide affordable shelter. Founding editor Michael Moquin combines a degree in anthropology with 15 years of work as a preservation craftsman. In past issues Moquin has focused on people such as the well known Taos enjarradora (plasterer) Anita Rodriguez, and Ed Paschich, who builds Timber Reduced Energy Efficient (TREE) homes. Along with many ads for furniture-makers and brick-layers, the journal has advice on everything from rammed earth construction to building a small house in 24 hours. Subscriptions cost $15 per year. For information write the Adobe Journal, P.O. Box 7725, Albuquerque, NM 87194 (505/243-7801).

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