Making Adobe

adobeisnotsoftware is pleased to offer a condensed introduction to adobe brick. This half day hands-on class will introduce the basics of how to make an adobe brick, making adobe forms, techniques for improving water resistance, and basic brick laying techniques.

Topics Include:

  • Soil Selection and Testing
  • Making Adobe Bricks
  • Water Resistance and Stabilization
  • Adobe Forms
  • Brick Laying Techniques
  • Gravel garden wall foundations

Instruction Type:

This is a hands-on class. Attendees will have the opportunity to get dirty and use tools and equipment typical of adobe construction. Due to the course format, enrollment will be limited to 14 individuals. In the unlikely event of inclement weather, instruction will occur indoors.


Ben Loescher

K. Ben Loescher is a licensed architect, founder of adobeisnotsoftware and principal of Loescher Meachem Architects.


Sunday Apr 15
Sunday May 20
Sunday Jun 17
Sunday Jul 15
Sunday Aug 19
Sunday Sep 16


The class will be conducted in Pioneertown, California, about 12 miles outside of Joshua Tree National Park and some 40 miles from Palm Springs. Joshua Tree and the surrounding area have a wealth of great hiking, climbing, lodging and food options, including Pioneertown’s world famous Pappy and Harriet’s just down the street.


There are lots of private vacation rentals available around Pioneertown, at various price points. Check out and for more information. The Wooden Indian Ranch, Little House, and Little Red Cabin are all within a block of Adobeisnotsoftware.


The cost for the half day session is $30/person. Please inquire for discounts for groups of more than four.
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Fine Print

Construction is inherently dangerous, and participants are expected to be partners in ensuring their own safety.  You may be asked to sign an acknowledgement of this in advance of class participation.  Children under 14 cannot be accommodated except by prior arrangement.

Classes may not be held in the event of sufficient registrations to cover operating costs – adobeisnotsoftware reserves the right to cancel undersubscribed classes and events with at least 7 days prior notice.

For individuals who find they may not be able to attend a class or event for which they are registered, adobeisnotsoftware will offer a full refund if notified at least one week in advance. Cancellations within 7 days of the event are non-refundable.


Pioneertown, CA


(760) 278-1134



Precise directions will be sent to participants prior to the class.