If you’ve ever wanted to build a free-form fireplace in your backyard, then this post may be the answer to your prayers! Using the same burlap tube method as our Earth Chapel project Naturalwalls collaborated with local designer David Kahn to assist in the construction of an owner designed super adobe pizza oven/fireplace/bar/warming bench in Glendale.
The process begins here with a pile of earth and the initial layout of the structures. The magic of this building system lies in its fluidity when placed and solidity when tamped as shown here. The layers become instantly rock hard and continue to harden over time.
Adding layers of earth and burlap.
David filling the foundation of the fireplace structure with sand.
Adding layers to the semi-circular fireplace box and bar structure.
The finished bar with split log top and tiles.
The pizza oven with custom steel doors and owner designed mosaic tiles.