The west wall of the studio's 'kiva room' is now at sufficient height above the earth berm. Not shown, but extending north (from top-right of photo) is the 8'-high stone wall retaining the earth along the western cut of the excavation. Once a portion of the retaining wall is complete, work will move to completing the 'Anasazi Arch' (see blog archives for discussion) that will connect this room with the larger studio room. And finally, the solar gain room off the southeast side of the studio will be completed in september.
From that point preparation for the 'cob' (straw/clay) walls will begin.