One Step is Easy

So there I was, a heavily weighted fixed glare at two pieces of two by four that for some forsaken reason did not make a right angle as their humbled carpenter (me) had intended them to. Deep breaths, reassuring words and most importantly the help of the educators here at CR were quick to put…

On amalgamation and gravitation

—– Amalgamation: the action, process, or result of combining or uniting. Gravitation: movement, or the tendency to move, toward a center of gravity; movement toward or attraction to something —– There is so much to learn from the desert. It is a landscape that uniquely requires intention, moderation, and cooperation – values I have come…

Creative Limestrong Solutions

Want to add a new look to your plaster walls, while keeping splash zones smudge free? Try using Limestrong’s Tadelakt! Limestrong is a lime plaster company founded by Ryan Chivers, a previous CR guest instructor. Traditional Tadelakt is a Moroccan style of artisan plaster that is water resistant. At CR we use Limestrong’s Tadelakt mixture…

Molly’s AmeriCorps VISTA Story

My first task at Community Rebuilds was to choose my office space. I walked into the two story straw bale Bunkhouse and entered a room called the “Vision”. I became lost in the celestial plaster design; peaches folding into sky blues with a stream of stones in flowing patterns. I immediately knew this service year…

The Cadillac of Plaster

by hoof (they/them) To master tadelakt the Cadillac of plaster first the first task is fast… much faster than the last Choose your hue with which to imbue inorganic goo ochre? maroon? blue? You cruise through a few layers laid down under wood peel yields a toothy feel preened in steel for a creamy seal…

Didar, Anthony, and Winter Charles’ Success Story

Six years ago, Anthony and I met in Moab. He was born and raised here—a real local. We married in Turkey and stay there over a year. While we were in Istanbul, Anthony told me how much he missed the sky of Moab. We missed Moab, the nature and outdoors. That is why we decided…

Ashley Lilly’s Success Story

This blog post was written by Fall 2020 homeowner, Ashley Lilly. I’ve been coming to Moab since I was a young child to visit family in the early 90’s. My mom’s family came to live in Moab in 1961. We would visit for the summers and winters most years. And Monty has been coming to…

Earth Science

By Eilise Gancarz-Davies, Fall 2020 intern. I came to Moab expecting something incredible and have been riding that wave since I got here. My curiosity about Community Rebuilds was peaked a few years ago while my close friend was thriving in the internship. She spent hours on the phone gushing to me about the stimulating…

Sun Baked Ramblings

Moab welcomed me home again in August. This is my second go as an intern, having been here in January for two months until the pandemic hit. Fast forward a few months later and I’ve found myself back in the fray. Somehow another week has slipped by and we’re rolling into early autumn. I still…

A Week at Community Rebuilds

Monday             Today, I woke up and outside, the rocks surrounding Moab had already started glowing yellow and red. Sunflowers were twisting their heliotropic heads to the sky. I got on my bicycle: a temperamental cruiser that I had borrowed from the Community Rebuilds bicycle library and headed off to work.             I got to the build…