Birch bark has all manner of uses. Traditionally it provided the waterproof membrane for the turf roof but there are plenty of other uses including baskets, boxes, cooking vessels, canoes, rucksacks, musical instruments, writing material and shoes.
This cute playhouse was built with roundwood oak that most builders would have rejected but actually in the hands of a natural builder makes for one of the most desirable little buildings you could ever hope for.
Naturally built homes use local, minimally processed, abundant and/or renewable natural materials. They are designed to suit their climate and geography, providing a modest shelter that can lasts for many centuries. Find out about these and others here ...
This beautiful home in Devon, England called Seagull House, was traditionally framed in oak. It was converted from a barn in 1987 and designed by architect Roderick James. More livingrooms in natural homes at www.naturalhomes.org/natural-livingrooms-no3.htm
This beautiful self-built natural home is in Argentina. It can be a big leap of faith making the decision to build your home using natural materials. That's why we keep a growing collection of naturally built homes, old and new, that you can rent for a holiday to help you understand what sort of home you want to build.