Thursday, August 10, 2006

Workshop Details

Straw Bale Construction: A 3-Day WorkshopSeptember 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.

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 camping available (free, but rustic). Other accommodations at participants’ own expense: B&Bs 10 minutes away. Motels within 15 minutes.

To register, contact: Kara Stonehouse, or (506) 432.1530 evenings.
Space is limited.


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