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Autumn Workshop, October 2001

The Autumn 2001 workshop covered the construction of straw-clay walls including formwork and earth plastering. Evening lectures explored 'green' design and building materials and solar hot water system basics.

the whole group poses proudly...

The Workshop Group


learning to build formwork

First lesson: learning to build formwork

young Mr. Henry Smith stomping between the framing studs

Mr. Henry Smith works the tight spots.

Lou draws a diagram of a solar system

Evenings were for lectures and discussions


Heidi smiling

Heidi stomping

wearing masks, because chopping is a dusty business

Using a landscape shredder-blower to chop straw for plaster and floors

wall filling is a team sport

Team stomp

first a bucket of clay...

John shows us his technique for mixing straw-clay in the feed mill. First the clay...

then a bale of straw...

...then the straw. However, the auger would tangle with long straw. Then we'd go...

climbing into the mixer

"mixer-diving" to clear the clogged auger. The problem was mostly solved when...

using the hay knife

...we started using an antique hay knife to cut the bales in half.


Mike stuffing

Mike

Per gleaning

Per

Barbara & Andrew tossing straw

Barbara & Andrew

Christine smiling

Christine

Roger framing

Roger

crew topping off the last handfulls

Walltop Crew

triumphant walltop wave

End of the day: topping out the straw-clay wall


More photos of past hands-on home building workshops:
Autumn '01 | Spring '02 | Summer '02 | Summer '03 | Autumn '03


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