Enjoy these resources about the Strawbale Studio … publications, books, videos & more. 

strawbale_lg_180dpi dana lynn driscoll 2013 - CopySTRAWBALE STUDIO  has been featured in a number of wonderful publications and websites, including

Check out the Strawbale Studio Yearly REPORTS with PICTURES  2021    2020    2019  2018 
2017 2016 
2015201420132012, 2012 blog with pics, 20112010 Pictures – 2010 Report, 2009, 2008

llustrated by Deanne Bednar    

The Cobber’s Companion: How to Build Your Own Earthen Home

Curriculum & Art by Deanne Bednar
Global Ecovillage Project
 Collaboratively create
a model of an ecological community that is inspiring, fun, and restorative.

World Pledge Poster (illustrated by Deanne, written by Lillian Genser)
& accompanying Conflict Resolution Curriculum

O Beautiful Gaia ~ Endangered Species Poster   Artwork for the CD project O Beautiful Gaia recording to protect endangered species.

Participation in 4 Music CD projects with Gaia Women of the Great Lakes Basin singing group, in collaboration with other US & Canadian singing circles, focusing on the music of Carolyn McDade.  


Circle of Life ~ Sculpture of clay/sand subsoil from the land.






PAST PROJECTS Blogs under development:  Agro Forest planting by S. E Mi Permaculture, Brian Metts, Jared Bogdonov Hanna, Mark Angelini,  Fruit Agro0forest area by Jared Bogdonov Hanna.Bio Char: burns & processing with Karl & Gaylin Kaufman.  Compost Furnace Project: experiment in heating the Strawbale Studio floor, buided by Gaylin Brown.  Maple Syrup:  Tap the Trees, with Shane Norris & Levi Fyliak. Mushroom Inoculation, Shiitake log initial 2013 class with Paul Angelini, logs by Mark Angelini. Continueing through present. 2019-21. Oyster, Lions Mane, Turkey Tail on logs, and Wine Cap on wood chips, with Shane Norris, Levi Fyliak and Matt McCoul.  Hugle Culture by Hobbit Sauna.

Early Days. 1970 – 96.  Peace Cruise up the Volga.  Soviet Union 1981.  Conflict Resolution Cur: Curriculum, writing plays in 6th grade Humanities. Presenting one with Giant “Bread & Puppets”.  “Visions of Peace”: Childrens’ International Art Exchange & Exhibit.  Swords into Plowshares Gallery, The Fisher Building lobby.

Videos & Slideshows & Media relating to the Strawbale Studio Program


Strawbale Studio 3 min video by Sarah Angelini Media 2019

ROCKET MASS HEATER in the pole barn at Strawbale Studio
2 min Video by Cooper Green 2022-8!

Rocket Mass Heater

Strawbale Studio tour with Deanne Bednar  17 min  Video by Cooper Green

Retired Art Teacher Sculpts Her Own Natural Building - Full Tour! - YouTube

 Strawbale Studio is featured in this issue of Crazy Wisdom Calendar

Check out the full page spread of photos and history by opening the flip magazine
at the link below:






2018 WINTERNSHIP~  Slideshow by “One Mindful Step”  Gratitude for this beautiful blog!

Article “Playing in the Mud” for the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
Written by Sarah Huddas, featuring the Strawbale Studio, among other Michigan projects.



Building with Natural Materials in the Mitten State – photo article in Crazy Wisdom Journal
Interns on Hobbit Sauna Living Roof 2016 - Copy (2).jpg
Earth Plaster & Sculpted Walls Workshop held at MICHIGAN FOLK SCHOOL  Oct 1-2, 2022
Affordable Housing Revolution in Toledo
Check out what's happening in Toledo at the Toledo Permaculture Network.

Every year we try to get up to Deanne Bednar’s Straw Bale Studio ( a few times to do building workshops with her. In 2017 we took a walk in her woods to share some of the lovely natural structures including this firewood cover with a very simple (mostly) natural living roof. Stay tuned for part 2 where we look at an example of a simple thatched roof.



We continue our tour of Deanne’s Living and Natural roofs with a stop at this simple firewood storage thatched with the local phragmites reed, which is an invasive species here. By harvesting it in the winter and burning the seed tassels we are using it and also slowing its spread. Stay tuned for part 3 where we check out the different species of plants living on the roof of Deanne’s straw bale sauna.


Welcome to part 3 of our 2017 tour of Natural and Living Roofs at Deanne Bednar’s Straw Bale Studio in Oxford Michigan. Here we are looking at the beautiful mixed vegetation living on the roof of the straw bale and cob sauna we helped build.



Next on our tour of Deanne’s Living and Natural roofs is the jewel of the property: Deanne’s Straw Bale Studio thatched with the local phragmites reed, which is an invasive species here.



Live Class

The Global EcoVillage Project was an on-line learning option for Upland Hills School students who are currently learning at home !  During 4 weekly sessions in May, 2020, during covid-times, students came together by zoom with teachers Deanne Bednar and Michael Mallon to explore ideas for designing an Eco-Community. Yay!  Blog post.

2017 Natural Cottage Project
1 min video by Y Innovations !
See what Y Innovations are up to. 

Photo Blog on Strawbale Studio by These Light Steps 

I recently came across these on the internet by accident.  Wow.

Video of Butter-making at the Fermenting Fun ! Workshops March 23 & 24, 2019

Strawbale Studio Winternship 2019 - Designer - PrestoPhoto

Strawbale Studio Winternship 2019 Booklet

by Rob Zverina !



  2012 Natural Cottage Build – Photo Blog by Learn / Live Peace Blog  




MI Earth Day Fest, Rochester Michigan.  Strawbale Studio had an exhibit table, Rocket Stove and Earth Oven, fired up…and a Strawbale Climbing Pyramid for kids of all ages.  Watch the video to see and hear more about Strawbale Studio segments at minute: 5:00 and 6:30.

​​Thatching with phragmites discussed in Port Huron
Invasive reed provides ideal material for revival of historical craft.
Article by Jim Bloch for “The Voice” newspaper. 

Report on the Strawbale Studio Slideshow presentation for GLEA ~ Great Lakes Environmental Alliance.


An Article by Sarah Huddae for the Michigan Chapter of Landscape Architects.  Includes the Strawbale Studio & photos.


WWOOF USA – Sustainable Construction at Strawbale Studio 2017

What is a Rocket Stove? – YouTube

YouTube › watch
4:38 minutes  Find out what is a rocket stove and how it works. … natural building skills teacher and coordinator at the Strawbale Studio in Michigan.
YouTube · AlloutdoorTV · Nov 14, 2012

Presentation & Slideshow for the Farmington Unitarian church 3/12/2017

2017-03-12 Co-Creating with Earth, Wholly Connected
(57:31)  10:00 – 35:00 childrens message.  38:00 – 55:00 presentation.
Written notes from this presentation: Wholly Connected

Blogpost on Earth Plaster, Cob & Earth Oven Workshop
Photos & writing by Jacquelyn Baker  5/28-29/2016
I worked alongside an Irishman and his wife, by some strange coincidence, and asked them endless questions about my upcoming trip to Ireland.


Phragmites Reed Collection for Thatched Roof    by Petar Simic 1/2016
Deanne Bednar of the Strawbale Studio in Oxford, MI shows how to harvest Phragmites as reed for a thatched roof system. Thatched roof is a technique of roof building that has been used all….

PODCAST  by “PERMACULTURE REALIZED “!  Interview with Deanne Bednar about the formation of the Strawbale Studio & a variety of natural building techniques.  11/08/2015



Made of earthen materials, Strawbale Studio connects the past to future

Made of earthen materials, Strawbale Studio connects the past to future

The Strawbale Studio, in Oakland County is already green – inside and out. – and loaded with charm. It offers educational workshops and activities that promote sustainable living skills.  FOX 2 News May 20, 2020.  Original video – a news segment on sustainability is no longer available. Alas.



Local Sustainability: RUMFORD FIREPLACE at  Strawbale Studio   OrionONTV   By Susan Lovelace 2014

Local Sustainability: LIVING ROOF at the Strawbale Studio 
OrionONTV  – By Susan Lovelace 2014 2

Local Sustainability: EARTH OVEN at the Strawbale Studio 
     OrionONTV  – By Susan Lovelace 2014


Foraged Brunch
 at the Strawbale Studio
May 17, 2014 -Video Production: Justin Holmes

Photography: Deanne Bednar, Ruthie Lane, Chelsea Emery, Justin Holmes
Music: Red Tailed Fox -Costa del Sol, Voices of the Lifestream, OC ReMix

Building Inspiration: Deanne Bednar and The Strawbale Studio
  Alternative Homes Interview  by Luke Rossman.Aug. 2014

 Nook inside the Strawbale Studio

   Strawbale Studio Sustainablity Harvest Dinner 

by Ellen Waara of  “Earth Talk” program,  local cable TV

Building I
nspiration:  The Strawbale Studio

Story by    Alternative Homes Today and photos by Deanne and others.

Building Inspiration: Deanne Bednar and The Strawbale Studio

A few years ago I left my cubicle and headed to southern Oregon for a 9-day course in natural building, and my view of home construction would never be the same. The traditional techniques being taught displayed the wisdom of centuries past, simpler …


Thatch & Cob

Thatched Roof in the rain  by Dana Driscoll 2014

Thatched Roof in the rain  by Dana Driscoll 2014

Us in a Reed Field

Tara & Tylers pics of Thatching at Strawbale Studio 2012

Tara & Tylers experience of Reed Harvesting 2012.

 10 second Clay Stomping video by Abdul Al-Fraih !

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The 2012 Natural Cottage Project ~ Retreat Cabin: 

The Natural Cottage Project July 2012 ~ Miwa’s Blog     

 Laura’s Natural Cottage Project Blog       

 Laura’s NCP pics  Monica’s NCP pics         Eva Wimmers NCP pics

Fire and Stoves: 

The Smiling Face EARTH OVEN at Strawbale Studio  New Rocket Cookstove  

2012 Slideshow and Report.   How To Make a Rocket Stove   

Dana Driscoll’s blog ~ Strawbale Studio & Rocket Stove Cooker Workshop

 New Earth Oven Photos     Express Photo Guide for Making a Rocket Stove   

Green Radio interview of Deanne on Rocket Stoves


Homeschool pics     Homeschooling Blog

Kensington Kids Cottage ~ at the Kensington Metropark in Milford.-


2008 Oakland Press video of the Kensington Kid’s Cottage   Kids Cottage blog by Raisin River Institute   Kids Cottage Photos and Report   

Strawbale Studio & Activities

Foraged Brunch at the Strawbale Studio May 17, 2014 –
Video Production: Justin Holmes.
Photography: Deanne Bednar, Ruthie Lane, Chelsea Emery, Justin Holmes
Music: Red Tailed Fox – Costa del Sol, Voices of the Lifestream, OC ReMix-

Deanne Bednar, The Strawbale Studio

Recorded by happyfrogdetroit, Oct 15, 2013 at Bioneers Detroit Conference.

Grindbig Timberframing at Tyler & Tara’s in Vermont. 5 Day Course by Attended by Deanne Bednar August 2013.

Strawbale Workshop in Rhode Island, taught by Andrew Morrison of
Attended by Deanne Bednar May, 2014.  Video by Tara & Tyler of

Guest Video of Strawbale Studio Tour

Agri-Pod Meetup @ Strawbale Studio. 2012. Blog with pictures.

Strawbale Studio Sustainablity Harvest Dinner  by Ellen Waara, “Earth Talk ” program for local cable TV.  YouTube video   Strawbale Studio     Photos     Candle MakingWorkshop Video by Sue Lovelace