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……


I have tried many different mudwalling tools but I always come back to the one I started out with, a metal garden fork, great for lifting the material onto the wall and beating the face. Actually if done well there really is no need for trimming at all and the rough surface of prong marks is an exellent key for renders. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sarah CranNice pic Becky - takes me back !22 hours ago   ·  1

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Stonework with clay mortar is the forgotten tradition in European earth building. In Scotland we often find clay mortars hidden behind later lime coatings but we don't know how common this technique was in the past. Very little attention is given to it's conservation, or how it could be used in new buildings as a replacement for carbon heavy mortars. In an attempt to remedy this situation we will be researching this humble material next year. We will also be looking for help in finding clay mortar samples throughout Scotland......watch this space. This photo shows a stone building with clay bedding mortars and clay plaster on the Black Isle. ... See MoreSee Less

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Claude LaValléeLooking forward to this!3 days ago   ·  1
Veronica Balfour PaulMy mum's cottage in Mull was getting a bit of attention and the builder told her it had been mortared with mud. They were worried that it wouldn't be good, but it had been OK for at least 70 years!3 days ago   ·  1
Alison MiltonCharlie Slade thought you might be interested in this. Do you ever find clay mortar?3 days ago
Heritage Cob and LimeWe find, occasionally, underneath lime, original clay plasters with very fine hair used as a binder. There are still elements of this in Devon.2 days ago   ·  1
David WallerClay plasters are quite common in strawbale builds. I know a few who've plastered internal walls in clay.2 days ago

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Having fun with holes in cob. In this case buckets were used as block outs, pulled out a day or two after the wall was made. A bucket with the top and bottom cut off also makes a good formwork for a pillar. (photo from a workshop at the Canelo Project). ... See MoreSee Less

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Анна Ярославна БобакA work of art1 week ago   ·  1

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