Since my house will consist of domes, I decided that I would construct my gingerbread model in the same way you make a clay coil pot, which would be similar to using earthbag tubing. I looked around online to see if anyone else has made a gingerbread house this way, and while I didn't find any, I did find a few gingerdomes that were constructed in other ways, such as this geodesic one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35535885@N03/4153861565/. (The image is password protected, so I couldn't copy it in.) I also found a really cool site that features "green" gingerbread houses.
I wanted to make the model as close to scale as possible, and I used plastic yogurt container lids of two different sizes as my templates. They weren't precisely the right diameters, but close enough.
I started forming the first "course" of "tubes" around the templates,
but then realized I needed to place them on a base.
Justin was really good at making the "tubes,"
Into the oven went the house. When it came out, it looked like this:
In retrospect, building the gingerdome this way was more like building with cob than with earthbags. And like cob, which needs to dry between building sessions, I should have baked a few "courses" at a time, just enough to give it some solidity before adding more.
Graeme and I were standing over the blob, gazing at it rather forlornly, when he said, "Wait!" He turned the baking sheet around, and said, "Look - it's a perfect troll face." And indeed it was.
Well, it wasn't quite what I'd had in mind, but who was I not to go with the flow?
|That was one tasty face.|