They spend their entire life to grow food without chemicals and here they learn to build own homes without cement and artificial materials. While learning, they teach our local farmers about Natural Farming, a first step towards village regeneration, back to their own roots.
Growing our own food is as important as building our own home. This is the article of First Series of Thannal Natural Building Grove.
As part of Laurie Baker’s Birth Centenary Exhibition, Thannal have attempted to reach common man through portraying different dimensions in which we try to spread awareness about Natural Buildings. Go through this brief compilation of the journey of Thannal
An example to show us how building a natural home is simple, easy and economical, especially when people come together and work as one unit.
Flowing Palm Leaf Lean-To roof
Rain started in Tiruvannamalai, so we started our roof work to protect our Cob walls. Below is the video of doing our Palm roof
We took our center point for the main wooden pole away from the structure to get more height for shade as well as for having a loft near top most area of the center wooden pole.
We are lucky enough to get this 18 feet height wood from nearby village. Tied rope at the top most point in different direction to see the pitch of the roof as you see in the above photo. Roof pitch was not enough so we attached bamboos to add height for the main pole.
Main 22 feet bamboo poles act as the main rafter to hold the weight of other bamboos and palm leaf cover on top
Top view from the main wooden pole showing the shape of the foundation and the bamboo columns to hold the main rafters. So the lover part of the roof started taking its shape naturally.