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Straw-Clay Workshop Aug 26

A Truth Window reveals the straw-clay inside the wall

Join us on Saturday, Aug 26 for a fun and informative workshop about building with straw-clay. Straw-clay (also called light straw-clay or slipstraw) is a combination of loose straw and clay that is stuffed between framing members in a wall. It is easily plastered, replacing drywall, and adds thermal insulation value of R-1.5 per inch, as well as providing good sound insulation.

This workshop will be held on our current construction site which is a strawbale addition in Ramona. We will show you how to prepare and fill interior stud partition walls with straw-clay. If you’d like to learn more about this versatile natural material and work with it yourself, register here.


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Workshops for the tiny strawbale building for Coral Tree Farm

We’re excited to be making progress on the 120 sq foot turmeric growing building for Coral Tree Farm. We held three wonderful workshops already (framing, straw bales, and clay base plaster) and are looking forward to the Finish Clay Plaster workshop on 8/12. As of 8/8, there is only one spot left in the finish clay plaster workshop, so register soon if you are interested in participating (link to registration).

foundation work
the framing workshop
the straw bale workshop
progress on the clay base plaster
Bales are in, ready for plaster
The last workshop

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Straw Bale Tiny Accessory Building – coming in 2017!

Here’s a fun animation of a 120 square foot tiny hybrid straw bale and straw-clay building that we’ve designed. We’re planning to build this one in northern San Diego County in 2017 and will have a number of workshops during the construction. We’re still working out the details but, if you are interested and would like to know more, make sure you are on our email list (scroll to the bottom of this page)!

Santa Cruz Straw Bale Building Workshop – 7/7 to 7/10/16

Want to get hands-on and learn a lot about straw bale building in a short time from knowledgable teachers? Check out this 3 day straw bale building workshop presented by the CA Straw Building Association in Santa Cruz, CA in July. You’ll get to work on a real straw bale home alongside professionals like Jim Reiland of Many Hands Builders, David Arkin of Arkin-Tilt Architects, Michele Landegger of Boa Constructor, and us, Mike Long & Rebecca Tasker of Simple Construct, as well as other CASBA members. With a high teacher-to-student ratio and experienced administrators, this should be a great workshop!

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3 Day Straw Bale Building Workshop