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Natural Building Immersion, STRAWBALE focus


May 4, 2015 - May 11, 2015 Contact


$620 if fully paid by February 1st
$695 if fully paid by April 1st
$770 (payment by start of workshop)
* additional 10% discount for friends or family registering together!
* ask about partial work-trade opportunities if you cannot afford the full fee

Good building and delicious food go hand-in-hand. Having a nice atmosphere in which to prepare and eat our meals is important to our school. Our spring workshops are geared towards creating this shared space. Over the course of two week-long workshops, we will construct a community kitchen and dining house beside our pond. The building process will include a variety of techniques: cob, strawbale, dry-laid stone, roundwood framing, wattle-and-daub, living roof installation, slip-straw, and natural plasters. The focus of one workshop will be cob. The other will emphasize strawbale.

In our strawbale immersion, we will be stacking bales in a variety of ways: in a stud wall, in a post-and-beam-style wall, and in a “balecob” hybrid wall system. We will also use straw in its loose form to make some slip-straw walls. The foundation and some framing will be in place; we will complete the framing, install a metal roof, and then build our natural walls.

You will learn how to design around bales, shape them, connect them together, protect them from water, and finish them with plaster. We will integrate doors and windows, as well as sculptural details. We will tour local, permitted strawbale homes, and will have discussion surrounding the permitting process.

We will additionally be building with cob and wattle-and-daub. There will be a good amount of time to get comfortable with mixing and applying natural plasters, too!

We will have sit-down discussions and presentations to cover topics that are not included in our hands-on experience, like design, siting, plumbing/electric, and foundations. Provided as part of the workshop are three wholesome meals each day, camping sites, and facilities.

Instruction is in the hands of Greg Allen and Mike McDonough, both graduates of the Cob Cottage Company’s 2008 Apprenticeship program. Join us for another spring of complete natural building workshops!


May 4, 2015
May 11, 2015
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Mud Dauber School of Natural Building
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States


Mud Dauber School of Natural Building