- BUILDING • DESIGN • CRAFTS -
EARTH-TONE BARBECUE AND WALL, made of compacted layers of soil and cement, have a timeless appearance. A vein of gray soil runs through them.
Old look,

new

technique

for this

barbecue

center

Rammed-earth

method makes it look

like weathered adobe

Barbecuing's roots go deep into Western history. This barbecue center in Napa, California, looks as if it could have been used by Father Serra himself. Viewed from the downhill neighbor's side, its gently curving back wall appears to be the eroded remains of a centuries-old adobe building, though in fact it's only 2 years old. The wall and barbecue edge a flagstone patio near the rural home of Marissa Carlisle and Lawrence Mills. Like true adobe, the wall and barbecue were constructed largely of soil, although cement replaced the traditional hay as a binding agent. The mixture was lightly moistened and then compacted with a pneumatic tamper between sturdy
116 SUNSET (1993)
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