Favorable reviews are coming in from readers and those who work in the earthbag building movement.
“I’ve got to say TREMENDOUS JOB! The look is excellent, the length is excellent. You really seem to cover the whole process and I like your step-by-step explanations.
I read the whole thing in one sitting. I will use this as a reference manual next time I build.” Here’s my testimonial:
“Earthbag building is a growing and evolving process, the Earthbag Building Guide is essential for anyone wanting to know what the current best practices are, and to have them explained in a simple step-by-step manner. I loved this book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in earthbag construction.”
Tim Merritt, Emergency Shelter Kits
“I have read many books on natural building over the last few years but it is only now that I have reviewed your book with a critical eye that it occurs to me just how much research, knowledge, experience, sifting of resources, and proficiency of prose is required to actually compose such a volume. It is concise, detailed, easy to follow, and beautifully illustrated. I want to congratulate you for being successful in all of these areas and for creating such an extremely well organized and useful guide to earthbag building. Part of me wishes this text had been available before I started my journey into the medium, as it would have saved me a lot of time/money/angst, but I am also aware that it has taken these years and the accumulating knowledge and experience of the entire earthbag community during this time to make such a book possible. I have not seen any of the techniques written any more precisely or accurately than you have here. Nor do I believe that you have forgotten or overlooked any key concepts. I believe this is a first class instruction manual on earthbag construction and I have learned quite a few things from it myself. I love the way you have seamlessly incorporated internet-based resources into your instructions. I think this approach will be wildly successful and extremely helpful to the reader. I guess this is the future of “How To” books and you have done it beautifully here. I am confident that this will be an important compendium to the craft and an essential tool in every earthbagger’s tool box. Best of luck, Owen. I look forward to seeing it in print and putting it to use in the field. Many homes will be built from it.”
Jesse Loving, earthbag home builder