2017 REPORT for Strawbale Studio Activities

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The focus for 2017 was getting ready for the Strawbale Studio 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! 20 Years ago Fran Lee wanted a structure, and I wanted to build. Many, many hands accomplished that goal. .This process resulted in lots of completion on both the buildings and surrounding environments ! Many skills learned and practiced, and friendships made as intern, volunteer & workshop folks co-created ! This list contains many, but not all the the projects and happenings during 2017. Such richness ! Appreciation to all who contributed! II may add more pictures to this report.
STRAWBALE STUDIO 2017 REPORT: Internships, Activities, Reskilling & Projects. Gifts & Donars 2017 PHOTOS SLIDESHOW 2017 PHOTOS as a GALLERY
numbers attending 2017ACTIVITIES include:
480 Monthly Potlucks Hosted FULL MOON POTLUCK, Bonfire & Tour 30-50 folks per month attended the Potluck 480 total
180 TOURS & Volunteering TOURS of buildings & grounds during 2017. Participants: 180 Tours/guests
DONATIONS Thanks for the money, expertise, support & gifts. Double Click here for the full list. I feel so much support from all of you – friends, participants, visitors… together we give hope to the future…and each other ! Individual thanks to …. Fay Hanson & Lois Robbins, for financial and emotional support. Jessica Miskena for financial support & enthusiasm. Gene Villeni – built & installed the Kids Cottage Door, and is building windows, too. Printer from Sherry Vanderputty. Food from Chris & Jug Tarr. Emotional support from many, including Ronna Fisher and Debbie Rowe and Michelle Lane. Steve Baibak and the RCAH art program of MSU for friendship and support. SEEDS non-profit and Sarna Saltzman, for their ongoing support as a “Fiduciary Sponsor” and a believer in the work. Gifts from Natalie & Brett, Emily & Ryan Eisley-Cunningham. Sunny & Richard Byrne. Paul Beaudet – so many creative contributions: spoons, storage improvement, more ! Sue Davis, gifts. Petar Simic, Filming of Reed collection, general support. Jared Bogdonov-Hanna, Permaculture support & friendship. Marcie Nido, website support. Mathew McCoul. Systems Designing. Spencer Field, organizational support, The Many folks who came and helped plaster and create, and organize and gave different kinds of support including Jacob Gnath, Michael Elsterman, Gene Villeni, Dana Driscoll, Arnie & Robert, Tanya Metfah, Micah Lindquist and more ! Neighbors who as always, are there in so many ways: LaFevers, Les & Elizabeth, The Abbots, Lisa and Steve, The Hoyts, Three Roods Farm, Greg and Robin. Marco Elsterman and GLEA. John Batdorf and MI Green Team. Thanks. Thanks! And all the rest of you, unnamed, yet part of co-creating Strawbale Studio and sharing the message ! Thanks also to others not listed !
Intern days 2017 Internships & Worktrade included 17 fine folks ! CATAGORY . Intern, 1/2 Pay Worktrade. WWoof (worktrader) WINTERN HOMETOWN
5 Jan 14 – 19, 2017 WWOOF Sonnie Noergaar No Winternship. Db ill.
6 Feb 6 – 12, 2017 Volunteer Emerson Schreiner Grand Rapids, Sand Sculpture
13 April 10th to 23rd. WWOOF Alice Wenham Michigan, traveling the Americas
30 APRIL 1-30, 2017 WWOOF Cassidy Stock Holland, Michigan, USA
30 MAY 1-30, 2017 1/2pay WKTD Archer Greenhalgh Vermont, USA
30 MAY 1-30, 2017 wwoof Alex Heubel Northville Michigan, USA
30 MAY 1-30, 2017 1/2pay WKTR Andy Bologovsky Montvale, New Jersey, USA
17 May 22 – June 8, 2017 1/2 pay wktr Madi Gaebler Beloit, Wisconsin, USA
30 JUNE 1 – JULY 30, 2017 Essentials Class + WWOOF Blair Schneck San Francisco, California USA
30 JUNE 1-30 WWOOF Cindy Breedveld Michigan, USA traveling.
2 JUNE 29-30,2017 July Essentials Course & Wwoof Dominic Gomez Dearborn, Michigan, USA
25 JULY 1-25, 2017 July Essentials Course & Wwoof Dominic Gomez Dearborn, Michigan, USA
20 JULY 10-30, 2017 1/2 pay wktr Madi Gaebler Beloit, WI
7 AUGUST 1-7, 2017 1/2 pay wktr Madi Gaebler Beloit, WI
15 AUG 15-30, 2017 INTERN Emily Gaudreau-Brown Ontario Canada
28 AUG 2-30, 2017 Wwoof Paul Beaudet Brighton, Michigan, USA
15 SEPT. 1-15, 2017 INTERN Emily Gaudreau-Brown Ontario Canada
30 SEPT 1-30, 2017 Wwoof Paul Beaudet Brighton, Michigan, USA
30 SEPT 1-30, 2017 Wwoof Mathew McCoul Burville, Michigan, USA
6 SEPT 24-30, 2017 Wwoof Mary Beth Stanton Chicago, Illinois, USA
20 SEPT 10-30 Wwoof Shelby Harris Traverse City, MI
16 SEPT 14-30, 2017 Wwoof Davin Schaefer Pennsylvania, USA
16 SEPT 14-27, 2017 Wwoof Tyler Schaefer
30 Oct 1-30, 2017 Wwoof Paul Beaudet see above
30 SEPT 1-30, 2017 Wwoof Mathew McCoul Burville, Michigan, USA
30 Nov 1-30, 2017 Wwoof Paul Beaudet see above
4 Dec 1-4, 2017 Wwoof Paul Beaudet see above
# of folks Activity Details
2017 WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES
6 January 14 & 15, 2017 Thatching & Reed Collection Deanne Bednar Instructor Class for Wintern and thePublic
3 January 21 & 22, 2017 Round Pole Framing Basics Deanne Bednar Instructor Class for Wintern and thePublic
5 January 28 & 29, 2017 FIRE ! Rocket Stove & Earth Oven Deanne Bednar Instructor Class for Wintern and thePublic
0 February 4 & 5, 2017 Earth Plaster & Sculpting cancelled – illness
February 28, 2017 February Strawbale Studio Newsletter Deanne Bednar
50 March 17, 2017 Unitarian Universalist Church of Farmington ~ Presentation Deanne Bednar Slideshow/presentation at the church Co-creating with Earth ~ Wholly Connected.
7 March 21, 2017 At Grand Valley College: Rocket Stove workshop / slideshow by Deanne Bednar Sarah Lucas Chatterley Graduate Assistant
Sustainable Ag Project
Youssef Darwich Farm Manager
10 April 10-15, 2017 Artist in Residence ~ Michigan State U. Residential College of Arts & Humanities Deanne Bednar guest at MSU Assist Steve Baibaks art class: Found Materials Class & Peckham services.
9 April 16, 2017 Joy of Foraging Class Deanne Bednar Kelly Theide Instructors
50 April 22, 2017 Huron Valley Earth Day ~ SBS exhibit table Tanya Metfah hosted table 17 sign ins, many visitors.
237 April 21-23, 2017 MI Earth Day Fest ~ Rochester, MI exhibit / activities 37 sign ins 100,s visited & hands-on.
5 March 1-30, 2017 May Internship – Boat Launch & Bench ! Worktraders The A Team + Madi
55 May 10, 2017 Full Moon Potluck + Permaculture Meetup hosted at Strawbale Studio 49 sign ins.
24 May 11, 2017 Waldorf School – 3rd grade fieldtrip to SBS Linda Williams is their teacher 20 students, 5 adults
8 May 13, 2017 Agro-Forest Permablitz Jared Bogdonov-Hanna Guest Instructor
+ Pizza in the Earth Oven
10 May 14, 2017 Foraged Brunch (see the VIDEO) Deanne Bednar Kelly Theide Guest Instructor
5 May 17, 2017 Baker College – Interior Design Class visit Deanne Bednar Instructor Tour and Hands-on
May 28 Family Adventure Day individual family attended
19 May 29 Biochar Workshop Karl Kaufman Gaylin Kaufman Instructors
12 June 12, 2017 Oakland University Permaculture Class Jared Bogdonov-Hanna Fay Hanson Deanne Bednar tour & activity
June – October, 2017 Finishing Structures at Strawbale Studio See details below DB + 2017 intern Strawbale Studio, Hobbit Sauna, ID Cabin, Kids Cottage,
June & July 2017 Kensington Kids Cottage Restoration Blair S & Cindy B. Paul B. & Emily G-B plasters & sculpt some walls, patch & oil bench
17 July 1-9, 2017 9 Day Natural Building SKILL BUILDER Deanne Bednar Chris McClellan Instructors
July 7, 2017 Christian Smith, Neighborwood presentation for the July Intensive. Designs for an evolving Ecovillage Land located by Ann Arbor, MI
19 July 29, 2017 Bio Char Workshop – class & hands-on Karl Kaufman Gaylin Kaufman Instructors
2 August 1, 2017 Volunteer Day 🙂 Krisi Holmstrom &
Steve Bean
Living in Ann Arbor, heating with wood. Chickens, permaculture !
122 August 27, 2017 Exhibit / Demo at Eastern Market 22 sign in 100+ view /participate Deanne Bednar for the Jewish Food Fest
Interns – exhibit table, cob demo + Paul Beaudet, Tanya Meftah Emily Gaudreau-Brown
August 28, 2017 BioChar Workshop Karl & Gaylin Kaufmann Guest Instructors
12 September 11-15, 2017 Artist in Residence ~ Michigan State U. Residential College of Arts & Humanities Deanne Bednar Support a natural building project. For the Found Materials art class taught by Steve Baibak
32 September 23, 2017 Strawbale Studio 20th Celebration Deanne Bednar Intern and Friends A wonderful gathering of friends, old and new
10 October 24, 2017 Baker College, Interior Design Class. Fieldtrip to Strawbale Studio Deanne Bednar Tour and Hands-on. Ann Jacobs, Design Instructor at Baker College
80 October 27-29, 2017 Great Lake BIONEERS Detroit Deanne Bednar Co-Presenter at Marygrove College, Detroit
20 October 24, 2017 Exhibit Table – hosted by Interns Paul Beaudet Mathew McCoul 20 sign-ins. 80+ viewed table
18 Co-presenters of a Learnshop Greg Crawford Maina Petre Retrofit with Natural Materials.
24 November 8, 2017 Detroit Waldorf School ~ 3rd Grade visit Deanne Bednar Tour & Hands-on Ben Lindstrom, teacher of 20 students + 5 adults.
2 December 2017 Childrens Natural Building. Planning for 2018 Project in Elkhart Indiana Deanne Bednar, Tyler Schaeffer WellField Gardens Coordinator: Josh Steffen Teach a class using various wall systems on a Childrens’ Tool Shed at the Wellfield Gardens
20 December 6, 2017 GLEA – Zoom Slideshow presentation Deanne Bednar Building with local, natural materials Great Lakes Environmental Alliance
7 December 9, 2017 Candle-Making & Holiday Gifts class Deanne Bednar Instructor
10 December 10, 2017 Candle-Making & Holiday Gifts Class Deanne Bednar Instructor
GUEST INSTRUCTORS, Kelly Theide, Jared Bogdonov-Hanna, Micah Lindquist, Karl & Gaylin Kaufman. Tyler & Davin Schaeffer. Co-presenters Greg Crawford & Maina Peitre. Assistants Tanya Meftah and others !
BUILDING PROJECTS
New Boat Launch is built at the swamp by the May “A-Team + Madi” Initiated by Andy Bologovsky and built by the May Interns ~ includes a Lime plastered Bench, Fire Pit & Boat Slip and stone bench. Awesome addition to the land.
The Flying Toad (aka Identity Cabin) This new structure includes curvy logs & benches, new strawbale walls, earth plasters & bottle window and living roof The porch addition was constructed by the July 9-Day Natural Building Essentials Course Interns built the walls, plasters, benches & details including a lashed ladder to the green roof!
Oxford Kids Cottage Ridge The “Oak & Oat” ridge of straw & wood was finished on the thatched roof. Tyler Schaeffer championed this project.
Oxford Kids Cottage Door & Pipes A new beautiful arched door was built and installed, the Rocket Stove pipe in and stabalized, and windows are under construction. Gene Vilenni is building the windows & doors ! Gene stabalized the Rocket Stove exterior pipes.
Spiral Chamber revival ! Renewal ! Wattle & Daub Walls removed, support posts replaced and stabilized and ready for a new wall system in 2018! Thanks to Matt, Spencer, Paul, Shelby +
Rumford Fireplace & wood box The fireplace in “my cabin” recieved finish plasters and sculpting. An old trunk was made into a wood box with leather hinges.
Open Pole Barn re-organization ! Lots of improvements in storage ! Wow. Roof fixed New shelves in, bricks & wood organized, lots of sorting, consolidation, recycling. Thanks to Paul & Matt
Things Fixed ! Bathtub pipes fixed, bathroom sink leak fixed ! Kitchen door replaced from Habitat for Humanity. Freezer decommissioned. Kitchen organized, faucet replaced & dishwasher out! Special thanks to Andy Bologovsky & Paul Beaudet !
New Strawbalestudio.org website created A website re-do & software upgrade. Thanks to Archer Greenhalgh !
2017 RESKILLING PROJECTS
Tadelakt – lime plaster finish Emily Gaudreau-Brown & Paul Beaudet “tadylakted” the bathroom sink surround for my birthday. Beautiful ! traditional polished water-proof finish.
Apple harvesting from the land. So much collecting, dehydrating & being creative with apples in all sorts of food!! Thanks especially to Paul Beaudet
Charging Bio-Char with urine. This natural nitrogen source turns charcoal to a soil amendment !
Black Ash Basket-Making A black ash log was soaked in the swamp & pounded to peel off strips of wood for start-to-finish basket-making ! Great Lakes Traditional Arts Gathering Tyler & Davin Schaeffer from Pennsylvania Instructors
Wood Projects Matt McCoul & Paul championed the cutting dead trees on the land, and processing them. Lots of wood carving going on ! Spoon carving, chopsticks + eating bowl Many interns tried their hand at carving. Paul Beaudet created many many items, including a bowl, door handles +
Bucking Saw Horse Built of local round poles for cross-cutting logs. Tyler led the way with by building the bucking horse. 2-person buck saw, tylers, was used to cut .. ..downed trees into sections for benches, projects & firewood.
Freezer shut down Energy Efficiency improvement ! There is still a combination refrigerator/freezer, but the extra freezer is empty and off !
Mushroom production + forage Innoculated Shiitake logs are still producing after soaking. Foraged ‘shrooms: Dryads Saddle, Morel, Turkey Tail, Velvet Foot
Food experiments ! LOTS ! Kimchi of all sorts ! Sourdough wraps with creative additions ! More !!
Kitchen improvements Dishwasher out, storage shelfs in. Several cupboard cleared out, simplified ! Paul champions improvements!
Yoga Daily yoga on site, sometime on the lawn + weekly class at Hamsa Yoga in Lake Orion. Alan Harras, teacher at Hamsa. Hamsa Yoga weekly in Lake Orion.
Compassionate Communication Communication Skills practiced, some study groups attended NVC (Non-violent communication) Ghandi Peace Day at 3 Roods Farm.
CSA Food Harvest at 3 Roods Farm Once a month, May through September, Interns help harvest vegetables and fruits for the weekly share of food that people prepaid for.
Connections with local farms Interns visit East River Farm, getting eggs + meet animals. Harvest the CSA food at 3 Roods Farm 5 x, Attend the Ghandi Peace Day at Three Roods Farm
Oakland Co.Permaculture Meetup Attended monthly by intern. Re-Skilling lesson “Skill-Share” at each event. Held at local farms & other regional venues
Building Community Deanne & others took theThom Bond Compassion Course online.
GUESTS ~~ in addition to the many who come to the Potluck ! Dimitri Flam, studying yoga, permaculture, Jared Aiken and sister from Ontario, yoga and natural skills. Michael Mallon – brave spaces, super-hero training academy. Linda Jackson, Clarkston, MI, Peggy Maggid, retired elementary teacher, Susan Schwenn, Battle Creek, MI. Kay Fedewa guest with Dana Driscoll & friends. Ann Ford, Birmingham, MI. Charlie Reischl, Ann Arbor, MI. Emerson Schreiner, Grand Rapids. Jolene Ciglano, Fallon Januska, Matt Swain, Emily Tour. Ruthie Lane, Antioch College & Auburn Hills, Michigan. Genevieve Grover, traveling the Americas, Brita Anderson, studying natural building in Ontario. Peter Simic, co-manager Community Farm of Ann Arbor, Dominec Juarez, previous intern, NY. Gaylyn Kaufman, MI Ecovillage Movement, Christian Smith, Neighborwood presentation for the July Intensive, Andy Bologovski & friend, NY state, Holly Wunderlich, Dori, AK & Mira .Rachel Rogers, Ronni Marcus, , Jen Shannon. Jim & Doris, Keon Walker, Rabi Arnie & Robert Crowe & friend Marie …and more ! If I have time, I will continue to add in the names.
DONATIONS of money, support, gifts & time ! Double Click here for the full list. I feel so much support from all of you – friends, participants, visitors… together we give hope to the future…and each other ! Individual thanks to …. Fay Hanson & Lois Robbins, for financial and emotional support. Jessica Miskena for financial support & enthusiasm. Gene Villeni – built & installed the Kids Cottage Door, and is building windows, too. Printer from Sherry Vanderputty. Food from Chris & Jug Tarr. Emotional support from many, including Ronna Fisher and Debbie Rowe and Michelle Lane. Steve Baibak and the RCAH art program of MSU for friendship and support. SEEDS non-profit and Sarna Saltzman, for their ongoing support as a “Fiduciary Sponsor” and a believer in the work. Gifts from Natalie & Brett, Emily & Ryan Eisley-Cunningham. Sunny & Richard Byrne. Paul Beaudet – so many creative contributions: spoons, storage improvement, more ! Sue Davis, gifts. Petar Simic, Filming of Reed collection, general support. Jared Bogdonov-Hanna, Permaculture support & friendship. Marcie Nido, website support. Mathew McCoul. Systems Designing. Spencer Field, organizational support, The Many folks who came and helped plaster and create, and organize and gave different kinds of support including Jacob Gnath, Michael Elsterman, Gene Villeni, Dana Driscoll, Arnie & Robert, Tanya Metfah, Micah Lindquist and more ! Neighbors who as always, are there in so many ways: LaFevers, Les & Elizabeth, The Abbots, Lisa and Steve, The Hoyts, Three Roods Farm, Greg and Robin. Marco Elsterman and GLEA. John Batdorf and MI Green Team. Thanks. Thanks! And all the rest of you, unnamed, yet part of co-creating Strawbale Studio and sharing the message !
Extras ! DB personal: Rennisance Fest with intern Paul & again with the McDonald family & kids Lium, 13, Rowan 10, Elowen, 4. I attend several plays they are in: Jungle Book & 12th Night by Shakespear. Visit Ohio & Uncle Harold, Cousin Judy. Connect with family, especially Sunny, Michael, Anna.

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