Hey, so I made a thing about making walls out of earth that’s currently under review, and the topic of adobe and cob buildings came up. I just wanted to be able to do something with the huge amounts of dirt I’m showered in whenever I go graverobbing or decide to dig a hole in the ground. So… I’ve been playing around with making adobe bricks, but I didn’t particularly want to add yet another wall type, particularly when we already have brick, wattle-and-daub and a host of others.
I was all set to add it to the pile, when I noticed that brick walls specifically need a metallic smoother, and something twigged. You need a full furnace setup to make one of those, or to raid a hardware store and get lucky. I’m not a bricklayer, though I have worked in the trades alongside them, but I have to wonder how all those ancient people managed to make their mud brick dwellings without a good, steel finishing trowel. Brickies work wonders with what they’ve got, and the number of different building techniques irl is staggering.
Any advice? Should I make another wall type (clutters already cluttered menu, feels wrong to me)? Should I attempt to get a change made to the brick wall entry, so we don’t need steel tools to do it? Should I roll it into the rammed earth wall idea I’ve already pulled (add new construction option that results in the same type of soil-based wall)?
Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks.