We knew we wanted to highlight the best view in the house which will be on the west side of the second floor, looking at the Mattole river. We decided to put a series of three round windows here. To do this in the slip straw walls, we used willow branches to create a circular frame for the slip straw to stick to.
We harvested some willow branches from the property...
The willow branches were bent into a circle and secured with nails and some baling twine.
Here are the three circle windows to be. The wooden frames will be hidden by earth and straw.
We made some heavy straw clay loaves and formed them around the circular willow branches.
Here's the view from the outside where you can see the slip straw being made on the inside.
Circles represent unity, infinity, and wholeness. Circles symbolize protection and eternity. These are elements we aim to invite into this home so that our home will invite us to circle round.