Wattle and Daub: An Ancient and Simple Natural Building Technique


Wattle And Daub Barn Building
Photo by Flickr/carlfbagge 
All other photos by Tom Keeling

Wattle and daub is a fantastic building technique that has been used to build internal and external walls in homes for centuries. It is great for the beginner builder as the more wattle you weave, the stronger the wall gets. Not only that, but you will always start with a wooden frame wall as your first step.

Wooden frame walls are simple to build and as you are starting with a strong, straight, square structure, the wattle, and the daub parts generally go on very easily.

Step-by-Step Wattle and Daub Primer

Framing Wattle And Daub

Framing. As mentioned above, the first step when building a wattle and daub wall is to construct the wooden frame. Your frame needs to be secured to the ground, the ceiling, and be 100 percent secure before you move forward. The strength of your wall is highly dependent on the strength of the frame you build.

Support bars. Next step is to fit your bars, which will hold the weave wood. It is best to make these strong bars in a vertical formation. As we did not have enough strong long wood, we fitted the strong bars horizontally, as you can see in the image below. In order to fit these bars, we drilled holes in the vertical joists and forced the bars in to place. They do not have to be 100 percent secure as the weaving wood will strengthen each piece as you work.

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