“There are many ways of understanding simple things, but generally the opposite is true for difficult ideas.”
Miyamoto Musashi translated by Stephen F. Kaufman

The Martial Artist’s Book of Five Rings

Lime and Clay under a Microscope


Since I’ve been immersed in working with natural binders on our earthbag-cellar journey I’ve been in awe of and thinking a lot about the natural binders lime and clay.

Yesterday this image of chalk under an electron microscope appeared in my twitter feed and took my breath away:

I then searched for and found this image of clay under an electron microscope:

The rich geomtery of these water-loving natural materials seems to explain their amazing binding qualities.

It seems that the lime particle (chalk) is approximately three times larger than the clay particle!

This entry was posted in Enjoy, inside. You are welcome to read 2 comments and to add yours


  1. Di
    Posted January 3, 2019 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    thanks for sharing….very interesting and wonderful to see 🙂

  2. Ian Daitz
    Posted October 24, 2019 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this picture. I work with lime everyday. What a joy!

Leave a Reply

  • Inside

  • Subscribe via Email