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WALL to WALL workshop 4: Straw Bale & Plasters

June 18, 2016 - June 21, 2016 Contact

WALL to WALL is a natural building workshop series happening this spring in the Willits, CA area. Renowned natural builder and author Michael G. Smith will lead each of the 5 workshops, which will occur between May 20 and June 28, 2016 at Ridgewood Ranch.

Each day will include about 3 hours of lectures and slide presentations covering building science, design methodology and 6 hours of hands-on building. The techniques taught include cob, strawbale, light straw/clay, earthen floors, cordwood masonry, earthbag foundation, clay plasters, natural paints and more!

The curriculum will build upon itself throughout the series, resulting in an advanced training appropriate for professionals as well as first time owner-builders. WALL to WALL is also designed so that you may attend any number of individual workshops if you’re interested primarily in a specific technique.

We will be constructing a multi-purpose pole-barn studio, seamlessly blending all of these techniques into a single structure. Delicious organic meals will be prepared 3 times daily, and workshop participants are encouraged to camp on-site at the beautiful 5,000 acre Ridgewood Ranch, located in the heart of Mendocino County, California.

The schedule is as follows:

May 21-24:     Earthbag Foundation & Cob
June 4-7:     Light Straw/Clay & Cob
June 11-14:     Cordwood, Cob and Earthen Floors
June 18-21:     Straw Bale & Plasters
June 25-28:     Natural Floors, Plasters, Paints & Finishes

There is early bird pricing for those who register before April 20, and additional discounts for couples, families and friends attending together. Kids 13 and under are welcome for a minimal fee.

Come prepared to work hard, make new friends, learn many skills, and open new doors into a sustainable future!

You can learn more and register on our website at: WALLTOWALLWORKSHOP.COM


June 18, 2016
June 21, 2016
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Ridgewood Ranch
16200 N Highway 101, Willits, CA 95490 United States
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