How the Bricks are Made
Bricks to build the St. Benet's School for Peace were made using mud from termite mounds.
Bricks are made from the soil in termite mounds. The termites just happen to process the earth into a mixture ideal for brick making. These mounds are everywhere and, despite massive building programmes, plenty are still left for the future.
The bricks are built into a huge pile with tunnels along their base. This structure is then coated with mud and allowed to dry. Fires are then lit in the base tunnels and kept burning for about three days after which the pile is allowed to cool slowly.
After firing, the bricks are available for building. Some turn out better than others. The good ones are used for normal construction. Any defective or broken bricks are used for filling in and hard core for floors and paths.