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Renovation with Straw Bales

  • 10 Aug 2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • 11 Aug 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • Wild & Radish Farm, El Sobrante, CA
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California Straw Building Association

presents the

Renovation with Straw Bales Workshop

August 10-11, 2019

  Wild & Radish Farm
El Sobrante, CA

Taught by Massey Burke and Bob Theis

Learn how to renovate and insulate an old house with straw bales at the Wild and Radish Farm in El Sobrante, California. This is a two day workshop which will focus on how to wrap an existing house exterior in straw bales to increase the insulation value and beauty of the home. Install straw bales against a wood framed, single story house. Participants will participate in bale stacking, notching, window detailing, papering, and lathing. A mix of instruction time, hands-on experience along with a hand-out will provide you with the basic knowledge of straw bale building to go build your own project. Evenings will allow for additional question/answer time and photo presentations.

This remodel was designed by Bob Theis, an architect in Berkeley who will be co-instructing. Massey Burke, will also be instructing. She is the director of CASBA and a long time natural builder. Instruction during the workshop will cover the basics of building with straw bales; foundations details, windows and doors, roofs, carbon sequestering building materials, environmentally conscious building, and more. We will cover some basic information on renovating and building with straw bales and touch on finishing the bales with plaster. To learn more about the art and science of plasters join us for our upcoming Plaster Workshops in September and October to be announced.  

The goal of the workshop is to accommodate every participant’s interest and skill level. Each participant can expect to participate in the various aspects of the straw bale construction to ensure the broadest possible hands-on experience.

Cost:   $80. *Limited scholarships available upon request.


Pack a lunch for yourself and bring a snack to share each day. Additional snacks and beverages will be provided. The workshops will end each day at 5pm so dinner will not be provided. We will have a washing area and toilet facilities. If you are coming from a distance, we have a few guest rooms available near the site. There are also hotels/motels minutes away.  Information to these will be provided when requested. Site location, driving instruction and other information are provided with confirmation of registration.

For additional workshop info contact Jenna Yu at or 510-541-7753.



 CASBA endeavors to make our events accessible to all. If you have financial restrictions
please contact Jenna Yu.

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