A woman applied for the Winternship Program Jan 7 – Feb 7, 2024, In calling her references I got to talk with Nathan LaFond, Ithaca, NY. She had been Natural Building Apprentice for him for 9 months, during the middle of a strawbale timber frame house construction. So she learned timber-framing and the prep and installation of straw bales!
TRAINING CONTRACTORS in NATURAL BUILDING SKILLS.
Nathan is envisioning the creation of Finger Lakes School of Natural Building! Along with his business partner Jamie and Mateo of Cob Therapy they plant to focus on training CONTRACTORS in natural building skills! (google Nathan LaFond LinkedIn)
Yahoo! This is really big news! I perceive a huge need to have support in building with natural materials…and by training contractors, there will be more homes built, and more folks will have access to living in this type of home! Lots of Win-Win! People, Planet, Prosperity!
I’m also thinking of some of the Natural Building Folks from out East that I knew from back in the 80s & 90s: Kevin Connors. Darrin Laportre, Chris Magwood who created the Endeavour Centre in Ontario. Nathan knew of The Year of Mud…Ziggy & Aprils’ natural building work. Ah, the connections, from the past…that built a framework for this NEXTGEN to emerge and be supported.
- Kevin Connors.Architecht who convened the N. E. Natural Building Gathering in the Buffalo area.
- Natural Builders Northeast
Mar 16, 2017 — “Natural Builders Northeast is a group of builders, designers, consultants, educators, and professionals practicing the art of natural …
Northeast Natural Building Blog
- Yestermorrow Design/Build School
we will focus on the special issues raised in natural building in our climate.
- Chris Magwood who created the Endeavour Centre in Ontario. and has a 2 hr video on plasters. He’s a very friendly cool guy.
- The Year of Mud…Ziggy & Aprils’ natural building work.
- Uncle Mud out of Ohio knows about the networks, etc.
What is to come next?
WHO KNOWS WHAT CREATIVITY IS POSSIBLE! ?