OFF SCREEN: Did you install the roofing?

VALDEZ: No. I didn't install no roofing. I laid adobe, like a brick layer.

It was all young men, all of us CC guys. We had a foreman with experience.

He was a contractor or whatever. Then they built gates out of dry saguaro woods.

They decorated with that kind of wood. The wood has got a lot of little holes.

They're round, but they're hollow on the inside. They split them, made them flat, put them on to decorate the big gates for the fence.

OFF SCREEN: When you made the adobes, where'd you get the dirt for that?

VALDEZ: From the same country. They'd dump a whole truck full and then they spread it out.

We'd get around it, about six or eight of us guys, and put straw in with the dirt and mix it with water, like cement.

And then they had the forms built already. You haul it in there with a wheelbarrow and dump it in the little forms.

You put a whole line of bricks and let them dry. After they dried, we stacked them until we started building.

OFF SCREEN: Did you say there was an additive to the—or are you saying it was just water in to the dirt?

Is there something else, cement or anything like that?


OFF SCREEN: Was there any cement or just water in the adobe?

VALDEZ: No. Just water and straw.

OFF SCREEN: Water and straw is all it was? VALDEZ: When the brick was laid, like that wall there, VALDEZ: they put cement—like a plaster deal made out of cement—so when it rained it wouldn't hurt the inside.

OFF SCREEN: When you laid the adobe bricks up, did you use more just adobe material?

VALDEZ: The same mud, the same dirt. Sometimes they would plaster the inside with the same mud. Then paint it when it dried.