2017 Strawbale Studio ~ Archives


Winternship 2015 Crew

Winternship 2015 Crew

Jan 8 – Feb 8, 2017  WINTERNSHIP !    Cancelled. Deanne ill.


A rich program with hands-on skills & classroom training. This is a one of the most popular courses at Strawbale Studio !  A chance to continue your learning during the winter-time.  Live and learn with others who are interested in natural building & sustainability.   More details







Campfire NCP 2015 Burton Ohio


Full Moon Potluck   Jan. 12 

  Wintertime hours:   5p Tour, 6p Potluck & bonfire.  Click link for details and to RSVP




A portrait of Deanne demonstrating thatching technique with a model piece of thatched roof at a natural building colloquium.

 : January 14 & 15, 2017.
Arrive 9:30a. Class 10a – 5p. Learn the basics of thatching with reed grass.  Explore this beautiful, ecological & long-lasting roof system. 

reed bundlingTour several thatched roof buildings, see a demo of thatching and try your hand at it, harvest  & bundle/store reed. 12 student limit. A unique weekend. One of the few classes offered in North America on Thatching !  Group discounts.  $95 one week in advance or $110  thereafter. Some scholarships.   Registration 



Mortise and Tenon joints

ROUND POLE Framing  Jan 21 & 22, ’17
Sat 10 – 5, Sun 10 – 4p
Learn principles & hands-on basics of round pole framing for small structures. Tour thatched roofs & round pole structures on site, harvest wood, debark logs, practice making notches using hand tools ~ make a mallet to take home plus a small team project & design a small structure. Limited to 12 participants; includes overnight accommodations if needed.
Instructors:  Deanne Bednar & Micah Lindquist
$89 if prepaid 2 wks in advance, or $110 thereafter, with RSVP, if there is room. Some scholarships available. 


DSCF5578FIRE ! Rocket Stove  & Earth Oven      Jan 28 & 29, 2017

Sat 10a-5p Sun 10-4p
Create useful heat efficiently from local materials ! Fee Includes a copy of the new edition of the Rocket Mass Heater Book. Tour buildings & Stoves on site, Hands-on: mockup of combustion unit, mixing cob & finish plaster, make a small earth oven together. Principles of construction, code+. Bring a bag lunch. Supper/breakfast provided if you stay overnight.  

$125 for both days prepaid 2 wks in advance, or $150 if there is room. Saturday only $80/$90 with RSVP. Group Discounts 15%/ person. Some Worktrade Scholarships available.  Instructor: Deanne Bednar      Registration   more info



Earth Plaster  & Sculpting   Feb 4 & 5, 2017

Cancelled. Deanne ill.

Arrive 9:30a. Class 10 – 5p Sun 10 – 4p  Learn the joy of natural earthen plasters that can be used in a variety of applications to beautify and naturalize your existing dwellings or future natural strawbale home or Earth Oven project ! Learn to identify, mix & apply natural local soil to create simple or artistic expressions. Bring a bag lunch. Overnight available.    $95 Early Bird Special 2 weeks in advance or $120 thereafter. Group Discount 15% .  Some worktrade scholarships available. Registration   more info