Workshop: Straw Bale Building Basics
Are you interested in getting hands-on natural building experience while learning about straw bale and natural plaster from professional straw bale builders while working on a real building?
Come to the Straw Bale Building 3 Day Workshop!
Space is limited so register today!
Oct 12, 13, & 14, 2013
South of Woodland in Yolo County, CA
Students $245 (25% discount)
Price includes meals during workshop and free camping at site.
The site has plenty of room for camping and we will provide a showering and toilet facility. There are hotels and motels less than 30 minutes away. Information provided when requested. Site location, driving instruction and other information are provided with confirmation of registration.
We will be working on a farm in a beautiful, rural setting. We will be constructing a post-and-beam building with straw bale infill, which is the most common form of straw bale construction in California. You will learn how to shape, resize, and stack straw bales and will get to mix and apply clay/lime plaster on the exterior and earth plaster on the interior. The site already has another completed bale structure with some finishes for you to see. This workshop will include a mix of instruction time and hands-on experience with straw bale building and natural plasters. Evenings will include time for discussion and photo presentations.
No construction experience is required, just a willingness to learn. The workshop will be taught by Jim Furness, of Furness Construction, a licensed general contractor with a wealth of straw bale building experience to share. He will be assisted by other CASBA members who have also had years of experience with straw bale building.
The goal of the workshop is to learn about straw bale building while accommodating every participant’s interest and skill level. Each participant can expect to rotate through various aspects of the straw bale construction and plastering activities, to ensure the broadest possible hands-on experience. Printed hand-outs will also be provided.
This is a hands-on workshop taking place at a building construction site. Safety is discussed and monitored, and proper use of basic tools will be demonstrated and/or practiced, but each participant is responsible for their own safety. Together, we will learn, laugh, get dirty, stay safe, and learn about straw bale building.
For registration questions, contact:
Maurice & Joy Bennett
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For safety reasons, please no small children or dogs
Participants are accommodated on first paid, first served basis.
- Cancellation up to 8 days before the workshops will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee.
- Cancellations 7 days or less from workshop will be refunded at 50%.