We love seeing the dedication and artistry that other natural builders bring to their work. Ziggy’s photos are an inspiring journey of home building, and we look forward to seeing more! He is hosting several workshops this year in Missouri – the info is below. ~Raina
The Year of Mud is hosting two natural building workshops in 2012 at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage — check out their Timber Framing Workshop and Straw Bale Workshops! Continue reading The Year of Mud’s 2012 Workshops
We are really excited about the opportunity to have artist and natural builder Kata Polano come to Winlaw in July to lead a clay plaster workshop, including the beautiful sculpting and decorating that is possible with earthen plasters.
This is the small office we will be plastering. It is a super-insulated timber frame building that incorporates solar power and passive solar design. Continue reading Clay Plaster Workshop
The advantage of this natural building system really comes into focus as we look at the dynamic of thermal mass plus thermal insulation, as compared to rating the R-value alone. Continue reading EcoNest – Clay/Fibre Walls
Once the first two feet of wall has been packed with clay/fibre mixture, the next two feet of interior forms are attached to the wall framing. As each lower level of wall hardens, the interior forms are “leap frogged” up the wall to create the upper form work. Continue reading EcoNest – Leap Frogging the Forms
The clay/fibre mixture is packed into wooden forms made up of plywood attached to the Larsen Truss system. Whether the mixture is packed loosely or tamped firmly depends on the type of fibre (straw or wood chip) used in the mixture. Continue reading EcoNest – Form Work
After the corner trusses and the window bucks are positioned and braced, the rest of the walls are framed with a Larsen Truss every 2 feet on centre. A window buck is also shown lying flat on the subfloor, ready to be lifted into place on another wall. Continue reading EcoNest – Wall Framing
In July, Tim attended a workshop to learn the EcoNest style of clay/fibre building. The thick walls made of clay, straw, and wood chips offer an excellent combination of insulation and thermal mass. Continue reading EcoNest – Larsen Truss
When it comes time to plaster a straw bale house, have a party and invite all your friends, family, and neighbours! Many of the tasks can be learned quickly, and the more people that come, the more fun everyone has. Even the owners’ three year old son couldn’t resist slapping on some gloves and getting a little muddy. Continue reading Plaster Party!