[Sust-mar] Straw Bale Construction: A Three-Day Workshop

Kara Stonehouse karawiggins at yahoo.ca
Tue Aug 15 17:08:08 EDT 2006

Hi everyone
Please help us spread the word to those who may be interested in SB. -Kara Stonehouse
Straw Bale Construction: A 3-Day Workshop
September 1-4, 2006
Quispamsis, New Brunswick
Register now for a three-day straw bale construction workshop with veteran natural building educator, Kim Thompson. This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of straw bale construction with a hands-on approach. It is geared to all levels of experience and ability. 
Participate in a full bale-raising experience, and learn the essentials of natural plaster. Straw bale construction offers many benefits – it’s extremely energy efficient, aesthetically beautiful and relatively easy to do. 
Participants arrive late afternoon and settle in their lodgings/camping 
6:30 -9:30 pm.
Group slide show: intro. to SB (history, benefits, essentials 
Look at site plans, give outline for weekend.
Review resource materials.
Note: Friday evening activities will be open to the local community as well. Admission for this portion only will be free.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday afternoon
Topics to be covered: siting, design, permitting, foundations, wall systems, roofing systems, stucco/plaster/wood/gyproc finishes, wiring, plumbing, tools
Hands on: raising walls, half bale manufacture, stuffing with light straw clay, window/door bucks, plastering, shaping bales or cob for niches or bevels, etc
Cost: $225 includes meals, snacks and beverages.
Accommodations: On-site campsites available (free, but rustic). Other accommodations at participants’ own expense: B&Bs 10 minutes away. Motels within 15 minutes.
To register, contact: Kara Stonehouse, karawiggins at yahoo.ca or (506) 432.1530 evenings.
Space is limited.
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