Rebearth is an earth building venture, founded in Scotland by mud and mortar mason, Becky Little. By learning from the past and working with nature, we want to celebrate and develop the skills and traditions of earth. Our mission is to make, mend, and experiment with subsoils, lime and natural materials to spread the knowledge and joy of earth building in all its forms, including cob, mudwall, clay and hemp, wattle and daub, turf building, soft capping, clay plasters, earth sculpture and decoration. We are also experts in the use of clay and lime mortars with stone.

Rebearth was created out of my need for a more soulful and holistic approach to building and my desire to share the knowledge that I have gained over the past 20 years.

Stay wild and keep learning……


Earth plasters can hide a patchwork of other stuff: I've been putting the top coat of earth plaster onto the mud hand rail around the stair newel (The newel supports the stair treads and provides thermal mass in the centre of the house but it also became the dumping ground for left over building materials including stone, clay, broken tiles and old lime). If you build something useful with your waste you don't need to move it off site or bury it in the ground. Much better if this waste is biodegradable too. ... See MoreSee Less

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Cob pillars by the legendary Kevin McCabe using a bucket as formwork. I just need somewhere to build some of these myself.... ... See MoreSee Less

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Emma Winfield TubbOne of my early courses was with Kevin - in the casual, unmarketed, pioneer days, before the fire! ;) Lol, good memories!2 weeks ago   ·  2

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The finished earth floor in the bedroom with several coats of linseed oil, citrus thinner and wax. I was a bit slapdash with the oil and found that the final coat remained tacky a couple of weeks later due to overloading of the surface. So I lightly dusted it with clay pigment to give the excess oil something to bind onto and that got rid of the tackiness. It also added a bit of lustre to the colour. Finally I vacuumed up the excess powder a day later and gave the whole thing a coat of beeswax. It has the look of old leather which I like a lot. ... See MoreSee Less

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Emma Winfield TubbThis is exactly the look I'm after so I'm saving this & crossing my fingers :)3 weeks ago   ·  2
Emma Winfield TubbCarolyn Riege ... are you linked in to Rebearthed? I think you'll love the mud focus :)3 weeks ago   ·  1
Jennifer ChenowethLooks beautiful!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Jess Halford KerekGenius.3 weeks ago   ·  1
Phyllis Richardsonvery pretty3 weeks ago   ·  1
Irene A MarreYou are brilliant x3 weeks ago   ·  1

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I spent a great day at the Highland Folk Museum last week. So many things to see and talk about including turf walls, cruck frames, creel houses, several types of Scottish thatch and a fabulous collection of old tools. I could have spent hours pouring over the details of this early 18th century crofting township, The buildings have been carefully recreated using archaeological and historical evidence and are almost entirely constructed from materials on site. It was especially good to hear about successes and failures and how the builders are learning as they go. A huge thanks to Ross Noble for his inspiring tour. This photo shows a new coat of heather thatch in progress. ... See MoreSee Less

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Paula MillwoodI love it there!!!4 weeks ago   ·  1

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