Strawbale Studio

Natural Building & Sustainable Living Skills

The Compost Furnace pile is COMPLETE !

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Jen, Michael and Deanne bring the pile to completion ! The last hay bales of the COMPOST FURNACE pile are in place, the ramp is gone,and the pile is now…

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Quirky Moments on the Compost Furnace project

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Experiments !  Can Shihaiya and Thomas flip the 21 bales off Dave & Dorindas truck without clipping the straps and separating the bales. The answer is ……..  NOPE.  But it…

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Almost Finished with the Compost Furnace Pile !

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Shihaiya and Thomas helped on the project from planning & clearing the land, picking up materials & hay bales, and building the pile through the 5th layer of strawbale !…

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COMPOSTING FURNACE ~ an update !

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Volunteers are needed Wednesday October 15, 2014 10a- 4p to complete the Compost pile construction that will heat the Strawbale Studio. So far there is a 15×20 ft. pile of…

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Papermaking & Berry Ink Class with Dana Driscoll

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In this amazing workshop we learned how to make handmade paper using locally-gathered cattail fibers and create inks from in-season berries! Instructor, Dana Driscoll, who has over 15 years of hand papermaking experience, shared a…

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Natural Cottage Project Workshop – The Sauna Addition !

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Photos of the Sauna Addition, Natural Cottage Project Workshop July 19 – August 1, 2014 We just finished the 2 week workshop – from the foundation through the living roof…

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Thatched Cap for the Spiral Chamber !

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  Intern Ruthie Lane took up the challenge to join me in creating an enchanting cap for the Spiral Chamber.  Joined by her friend, Zack, the three of us actually DID…

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Rocket Stove

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  During events a tour of the thatched buildings is given…including a look at the Rocket Stove Mass Heater.  Here is a gaggle of folks, from the Full Moon Potluck,…

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Earth Plaster Class ~ June 14 & 15th

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Mixing Earth Plaster by hand. Students learned about harvested and mixed a clay-sand subsoil from the land to create a sculpting mix called Cob, which we sculpted into models and used…

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Thatching Workshop 6-7-2014

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Making a lashed thatching frame. Japanese Square Lashing Knot During this Introductory Thatching Workshop the principles of thatching were taught in a classroom session. We also toured the thatched buildings on…

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