We are currently planning and scheduling a variety of natural building workshops for the 2016 season. This season's workshops are likely to include an earthen wood-fired bread oven, site-soil earth plaster over straw-clay, fine finish plasters and Clay Paint interior finish techniques. Please stay tuned for more information or contact us directly for more information at this time.
Cob Oven Basics
Dates To be Announced ~ 2016
We will be building a wood-fired earthen oven at the Sunshine Collective (Williams, OR) using the sand dome technique. In this two-day workshop, we will create an oven using the earth around us and a few additional items, including empty bottles, firebrick, sand and straw. Delicious lunches provided. Workshop limited to 8 students.
We will follow the workshop with a pizza party on Saturday evening.
Earthen Plaster at Heart Rock Ranch
April 29, 2016 ~ 10-4pm; $60
Rogue River, OR
Earth Plaster using local soils! Join us to learn the art and craft of turning the dirt in your yard in to a beautiful wall finish. These types of clay-based plasters lend themselves well to finishing and strengthening the surfaces of many natural wall systems. In this hands-on workshop we will apply the base coat of earth plaster to a small Light Clay Straw structure, both interior and exterior.
Additional Dates To Be Announced ~ 2016
Rogue River, Oregon
We will be hosting a series of other building workshops and learning opportunities at this family homestead in Southern Oregon. Techniques to include Light Clay Straw, fine finish plasters and Aliz (Clay Painting). Contact me directly for more information.
Aprovecho Sustainable Shelter Series
August - September, 2015
Cottage Grove, Oregon
Build a small shelter from the ground up in this seven week course! Week-long topics include Foundations, Heavy Timberframing, Light Framing, Natural Insulation and Wall Systems, Home Heat, Natural Plasters and Earthen Floors. I'll be teaching the Wall Systems week, in which we will cover Straw bale, Light Clay Straw, Cob, Adobe, Chip-Slip and general sustainable design principles. It's a course jamb-packed with information and sure to inspire. The seven-week series is perhaps one of the most inclusive introductions to Natural Construction available today. More information and how to register, check out Aprovecho's website
Wet your appetite! Video from Aprovecho!
Sustainable Shelter Series - Summer 2012
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Advanced Plaster Technique
We are also hoping to host an advanced finish plaster technique class for returning students. With enough demand for this particular type of class, we will work hard to make it happen!