Textile Block DIY

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SWSinDC
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Textile Block DIY

Post by SWSinDC »

Has anyone run across a website or video which well demonstrates, step-by-step, block-by-block, how FLLW's textile block construction was performed on site?

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Post by Reidy »

Never seen one; the best description of how it's supposed to work is probably Wright's own In the Nature of Materials.

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Post by Palli Davis Holubar »

SWSinDC - Michael and I have considered organizing workshop retreats for the design and construction of perf boards and perf blocks but it is only early days. Your post gives me an opportunity to gauge the interest for similar hands-on workshops.
Any comments or ideas will be appreciated.

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Post by Jeff Myers »

I like the idea Palli. The perf workshop was fun and I learned something I hadn't known about perf's.
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Post subject: Textile Block DIY

Post by goldrushtree »

Part of the work done at Florida Southern College for the water dome was recreating some of the sandstone blocks to house the pumps. Perhaps someone there created a how-to, or could create a how-to when doing more blocks.

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Post by DavidC »

Though not textile blocks, here is a blog posting of what some students did to recreate some of the differing style Usonain Automatic blocks for an exhibition.

(when you get to the bottom of the web page, be sure to click on "Older Posts" to see more of their block-making process)


Palli and Michael - GREAT IDEA!!! We would love to be able to come join you folks if the opportunity would present itself. And perhaps you could consider a Usonian Automatic block workshop at some point, too!


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RE: Textile Block DIY

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A workshop would be great fun and informative. I often wonder whether, in the intervening 50 years, advances in construction and production techniques would allow us to iron out the problems previously encountered with textile block construction and make it a viable approach now.

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Post by ozwrightfan »

Whilst not strictly FLW, Alden Dows textile blocks would be worthwhile looking at. In my humble opinion he seemed to have more success with them than did FLW.

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Making blocks.

Post by george nichols »

Sweeney in "Wright in Hollywood" has a good bit of material on block fabrication.

G.N.

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Post by lang »

AAC blocks are light, they can be cut easily with power tools and have more insulating value than regular concrete. I wonder if a textile block like effect could be achieved? One serious drawback is that they are fragile and would require some kind of protective coating. Langdon

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Post by lang »

Off- Topic : ozwrightfan, how much success did Alden Dow achieve with his unit block system? Was his system adopted by others at any point? Langdon

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Post by Deke »

What I'd like to see is a workshop on making furniture. Maybe you'd leave at the end with a nice end-table or chair.

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Post by Jeff Myers »

SWSDC:
Has anyone run across a website or video which well demonstrates, step-by-step, block-by-block, how FLLW's textile block construction was performed on site
I have found in Frank Lloyd Wright From Within Outward showing the construction of Storer and there is one showing Kentucky Knob's stone construction as well.
I can get a photo of it and post it here if you would like.
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Post by Palli Davis Holubar »

Palli was very excited to hear about AAC blocks and from the little I have read they do seem to be an ideal replacement for the interior layer of a textile block wall because they would provide some insulation. There are a lot of other considerations though,because the standard AAC would not fit the textile block format but likely could be made so. The exterior layer could still be concrete block, and the finished wall would not have to be finished with synthetic stucco.

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Post by SDR »

Terms might be defined when presented for the first time ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerated_au ... d_concrete



I second the view that Robert L Sweeney's important "Wright in Hollywood" (MIT Press, 1994) is a good source for the history of the Textile Block as developed and used in Los Angeles in the early 'twenties. It is well illustrated.


Below are four consecutive pages from Wright's late volume, "The Natural House" (Horizon Press, 1954):



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