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Building with Earth & Straw Part 3: Natural Finishes

May 5, 2017 - May 7, 2017 Contact

Part three in a 3-part series of hands-on workshops designed to introduce many of the skills, techniques and concepts necessary to build your beautiful, energy-efficient natural home. This workshop will focus on the final steps in the construction of a natural home: finish plasters and paints. Learn to mix your own from natural materials such as clay, sand, straw, mica and lime. We will also learn about the finishing stages of a poured adobe floor. All of these techniques can be used to “naturalize” a conventional home, as earthen surfaces regulate air temperature and humidity, clean the air, and resist mold. Lectures and slide presentations will help you protect your natural walls from moisture damage, choose among the wide range of natural finishes available, as well as guide you through the process of developing and testing your own mixes.

Lead instructor Michael G. Smith has been teaching hands-on natural building workshops for 25 years. He has designed and/or built at least 50 natural buildings ranging in size from earthen ovens and composting toilets to a 3000 s.f. community house. He is the co-author of “The Hand-Sculpted House” and “The Art of Natural Building.”

Cost is $300 including delicious, locally-sourced, all-organic meals and on-site camping. $50 discount for full payment 30 days in advance or for family and friends registering together. $750 for all 3 workshops paid in advance.


May 5, 2017
May 7, 2017
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Spreadwing Farm
2563 Rumsey Canyon Rd., Rumsey, CA 95679 United States


Straw Clay Wood