Strawbale Studio 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION was the focus of the year. 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!
FULL MOON POTLUCKSmonthly. This free event for the community, and families, includes a tour, fabulous potluck food, a bonfire and lots of free-form conversations and networking.
30-50 average. 480 participants total.
GUESTS & VOLUNTEERS –
Many folks came by Strawbale Studio on times other than events, and visited, toured, sometimes volunteered. 180 participants total. 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.
Harvesting in the Reed Fields
2017 INTERNSHIPS-Throughout the year 17 awesome folks lived and learned, helped and shared, either as a paying Intern, 1/2 Pay Worktrader, of a Volunteer “Wwoofer”. 545 Total Intern days. Sonnie from Denmark. Emerson from Grand Rapids. Alice from Michigan, traveling the Americas, Cassidy from Holland, MI. Archer from Vermont, Alex from Northville, MI, Andy from New Jersey, Madi from Wisconsin, Blair from San Francisco, Cindy from Michigan – traveling, Dominec from Dearborn, MI, Emily from Ontario, Paul from Brighton, MI, Mathew from Burville (yes, Burville) Michigan. For more details on Intern, click here.
2017 GUEST INSTRUCTORS,
Kelly Theide, Jared Bogdonov-Hanna, Micah Lindquist, Karl & Gaylin Kaufman. Tyler & Davin Schaeffer. Co-presenters Greg Crawford & Maina Peitre. Assistants Tanya & others !
New Boat Launch
Initiated by Andy Bologovsky and built by the May Interns ~ includes a Lime plastered Bench, Fire Pit & Boat Slip and stone bench.
Built at the swamp by the May “A-Team (Andy, Archer, Alex) plus Madi.
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.
Attended monthly by intern. Re-Skilling lesson “Skill-Share” at each event.
Held at local farms
& other regional venues
Deanne & others took the Thom Bond Compassion Course online.
Great gratitude for all who were part of this co-creation of hope and connection to the community of people and nature !
P.S. Oh, this photo. We are processing Bio Char that was create in a workshop lead by Karl & Gaylyn Kaufman. Charcoal is pretty messy. We are crushing it into rice-size pieces to become a “soil additive” that holds moisture, creates a home for beneficial soil micro-organisms, and sequesters carbon. Of course, fun is to be had along the way….:)