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I started this podcast in 2014, but it wasn't called The Nik Hawks Show. 

My wife Lee and I own the company Paleo Treats, so I called the show the Paleo Treats Podcast and had the company buy the initial equipment, like mics and mixing boards and headphones and software.

Beyond one or two half-hearted attempts at advertising (episodes 32 and 33), the podcast never made Paleo Treats any money, and I always had to take time from the business in order to record these conversations and share ‘em with the world.

Over the course of 50+ episodes it became apparent that the podcast didn’t really have anything to do with Paleo, that I was exploring deeply personal topics, that Paleo Treats’ only purpose was to purchase the initial equipment to get this thing off the ground and pay for ongoing hosting, and that just having the word “Paleo” in the title was enough to stop people from even trying to listen to it.

Sometime around episode 58, based on feedback from listeners and iTunes reviews, I started thinking about how to make this podcast more approachable, how to separate it from Paleo Treats in order to pursue topics that were WAY off the Paleo path, and how to stop leaning on Paleo Treats the business in order to keep the show alive financially.

That brings us up to episode 59, which is the first official episode of The Nik Hawks Show. It took me 58 shows to warm into this, and now I’m psyched to spin off in new directions!

As I keep moving forward I deeply appreciate your harnessing in on the journey in pursuit of excellence, please reach out with any suggestions or questions. 

This show is made for me and YOU, let's make this excellent together! 

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Thanks for listening!

Nik Hawks

Sep 10, 2015

David Easton builds "museum quality, visual masterpiece walls that happen to support the roof."  His medium is rammed earth, he's been doing this for 40 years, and if you've ever loved any kind of architecture or building you'll dig this show.

This is closer to Paleo than many of our other podcasts in the sense that rammed earth building is a "locavore" (or loca-building) method. Typically you'll use what's on site (the earth) to pour into forms, tamp into rock, remove the forms and enjoy the heck out of one of the most beautiful walls you'll ever see.

I was introduced to David Easton through his book, The Rammed Earth House, many moons ago, even going so far as to build a rammed earth wall for a garden in our backyard back in '09.  As a long time fan of rammed earth & Easton's work, I'm super stoked to have him on the show to talk about one of our mutually favorite subjects:  Rammed earth.

Listen for this quote, it's one of my favorite from any of these podcasts:

"Every day in some form or another, I touch earth.  I don't mean I walk on it, everybody does that.  I mean the earth that you pick up and touch, it's all different, you know.  Some of it's granular and coarse, and some of it's silky and soft.  It comes in all these different colors, it can be gold, red, brown, grey.  It has an aroma.  You can build things with it, you can grow things in it. It's remarkable stuff, and it's everywhere.  If I were blind, I would still feel the earth."

Easton talks about starting out as an earth builder, his progression from building for hippies to building for billionaires, and his latest venture, Watershed Materials.

Enjoy!

NFH