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Ridgewood Ranch

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16200 N Highway 101, Willits, CA 95490 United States

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April 2018

Natural Building Workshop part 1: Straw Bale with Michael G. Smith

April 20 - April 22

In this 2-part hands-on workshop with renowned author and builder Michael G. Smith, you will learn to build a highly-insulating walk-in produce cooler or any other small straw bale building. Learn to source and select the best bales for building, adjust their size as necessary, and stack them into strong, durable walls. We will explore the best options for structural systems and how to install windows and doors. We will also discuss foundations, floors, plumbing and electrical considerations.   See…

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Natural Building Workshop part 2: Natural Plasters with Michael G. Smith

April 27 - April 29

Now that the straw bales are up, you need to know how to protect them from weather, fire, and animals. Clay plasters are usually the best option for base coat plasters, and often for finishes as well. Learn to assess the suitability of a clay soil and develop the best plaster recipe. We will prepare the bale walls for plaster and mix and apply plasters in different ways, with and without mechanical assistance. We will also learn about lime-based plasters…

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