Shri Jasnath Asan, Rajasthan, India
Photo © Shri Jasnath Asan, 2016
This morning I wandered around seeing wonderful changes that have taken place since my visit last year. The ancient walls had been painted and beautiful new brick walkways are being built.
A new tennis/volleyball clay court is also under construction. This new court will replace the dust filled, ankle turning, deeply rutted one previously used for afternoon games of volleyball and tennis and replace it with a sleek hard clay court. In the USA the average clay court's cost is well in excess of $100,000. Here at Shri Jasnath this fine court is being created by hand from clay, cow dung, and the energy, ingenuity and dedication of a multitude of people.
For a base layer damp cow dung and clay are applied to leveled ground then people simply tightly pack it by stomping it with their feet or wacking it with flat wooden mallets. Next a final smooth clay top layer will be applied and the result will be a beautiful smooth hard clay court that would make the US Open swoon.
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Sharon K. Schafer
I paint, photograph, and speak about wild places in an act of reciprocity that is as vital to me as heartbeat or breath.
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