Natural Building

STRAWBALE / COB BENCH- Collaboration between RCAH/MSU & Peckham of E. Lansing

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Bench Making from natural materials ! This project is a  collaboration of Steve Baibaks art studio at the Residential College of Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. East Lansing,…

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Building a Light Straw-Clay House

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Building a Light Clay Straw House   http://www.theyearofmud.com/2012/03/01/light-clay-straw-house/     by Jacob Schmidt   This is an introduction to light clay straw construction (a.k.a. “straw-clay”). In the summer of 2010, I started construction…

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Earth Plaster & Cob / Earth Oven Workshops

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  Blog by participant, Jacquelyn Baker … click on link for her original post & pics. Natural Building Workshop: Building community, empowering people, connecting to earth This weekend I savored the…

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MOTOWN Movement

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3 fabulous young architects from the Netherlands come to Detroit to follow a dream … transforming an urban home sustainably.  Bob Hendrikx, Dominik Lukkes, Ronen Dan They visited the Strawbale…

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MSU Strawbale Wall Installation

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    This unique project was a collaboration of many folks, woven into one inspiring and joyful project sited at the MSU Botanical Gardens. This Strawbale Wall Project is called…

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Empower Youth to Create Change

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The Strawbale Studio program wants to make building & natural skills available to youth and young adults. What your donation will do.  Consider a one-time contribution, or a micro-donation monthly.

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Gibbs Center – Sustainable Projects

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  Students from the Gibbs Center ~ who live together and do fabulous sustainability projects ~ came to the Strawbale Studio for a program to learn additional skills to take back…

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Natural Building Colloquium 2015

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This year was a 20th REUNION of the first Natural Building Colloquium, held at Black Range Lodge in Kingston, NM, bringing together natural builders in a  week of building, presentations…

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Compost Furnace goes “on line” !

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As the last event of 2014, a newly installed pump is now circulating  90 – 100 degree water (heated by compost pile)  through the 2 loops in the Studio floor and…

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Compost Furnace ~ what are the next steps?

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The Pile is complete and the components for circulating the hot water generated by the pile to heat the floor and benches of the Strawbale Studio are being designed with…

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