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October 2017


Explore this beautiful, ecological and long-lasting roof system. Tour several thatched roof buildings, see a demo of thatching, and try your hand at it, see a video on thatching. Deanne received basic training from a Danish Master Thatcher. Join in reed collecting on Sunday at a local field. Bring bag lunches. Strawbale Studio Saturday. January 9, 2016 Arrive 9:30a. Class 10a – 5p. Sunday, January 10 - join in on reed harvesting in a local field ! 10-4p.     $55 prepaid…

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January 2018

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THATCHED ROOF Workshop ~ An Introduction to the Basics

January 13, 2017 Saturday. Tour, Class, Demo & Hands-on thatching, demo of reed collecting. January 14, 2017 Sunday.  Optional practice reed collection in local field. Explore this beautiful, ecological, insulative & long-lasting roof system. *Tour the 3 thatched buildings on site, learn the principles of design and construction, *participate in a thatching demo on an indoor frame, & *watch a British & Danish thatching video. On Sunday – come learn how to  harvest Phragmite reed for thatching... in a nearby…

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January 2019

WINTERNSHIP 2019 at Strawbale Studio

  2019 Winternship ~ Jan 7 – Feb 7  Harvesting in the Reed Fields During this unique and experiential month together you will learn many skills in Natural Building, Sustainable Living and Community ! The program will include the following weekend workshops for intern and the public:   Thatching & Reed Collection  Jan 12 & 13, 2019 Round Pole Framing Jan 19 & 20, 2019.   Rocket Stove & Earth Oven Jan 26 & 27,  2019. Earth Plaster & Sculpting Feb 2 & 3, 2019.     Participants will be…

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May 2019

$35 – $160

MEMORIAL DAY Weekend ~ Skill-Building Activities !

Attend all or part of this weekend !   Free camping available. MEMORIAL DAY Weekend ~ Skill-Building Activities ! Hands-on Workshops: LIVING ROOF, ROCKET STOVE OUTDOOR COOKER, THATCHED ROOF, EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING, Register Now at EventBrite! Schedule Saturday May 25, 2019 Sat 9:30a - 12:00p  LIVING ROOF Workshop !  Hands-on installation includes membrane, drainage, soil layers and installation of some plants.  See several other living roofs on site and tour the enchanting Strawbale Studio and the Hobbit Sauna !  Pricing…

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February 2020

Thatching & Reed Collection – hands-on basics.

Thatching & Reed Collection - the Basics ! Feb 29 & March 1, 2020 9:30a to 5:00p Saturday & Sunday Yes ! Thatching in Michigan ! Explore this beautiful, ecological, insulative & long-lasting roof system during this 2-day workshop. The Strawbale Studio roof was thatched before the turn of the century 1998 ...and is still sound & beautiful. Instructor: Deanne Bednar     SATURDAY, February 29, 2020 9:30a to 5:00p Learn the basics of thatching a roof, Tour :…

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