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Complete Earthen Floor Workshop – Dirt Craft Natural Building
June 11, 2016 - June 12, 2016 Contact
Everything You Need to Know About Earthen Floors
Contemporary earthen floors combine traditional methods while addressing modern demands and aesthetics for a result that is beautiful, durable, non-toxic, ecologically-sensitive, and healthy.
This two day hands-on workshop will get you everything you need to know about earthen floors: the right proportions of sand to clay to create a successful recipe, the tools, sub floor preparation, the installation of radiant heating in earthen floors, & finishing techniques. We’re also excited to announce that we’ll be covering earthen counter tops as well!
Lunch and refreshments included both days. A camping option is available as well.
In this two day workshop we’ll cover:
- Where earthen floors can be installed and how to prepare your space
- How to create a durable and beautiful mix from clay, sand and straw – with both local and bagged clay
- Sourcing materials
- Tool selection and technique
- Floor installation techniques, using trowels and other tools to ensure proper laying of the material for best performance
- Proper sub floor insulation and preparation – for ‘on-grade’ , concrete sub floor and standard wood joist & plywood scenarios
- In-floor (radiant) heating installation
- Compression and burnishing
- Finishing techniques including oiling and waxing
- Repairs and maintenance
- Earthen counter tops – a very similar process to the earthen floor, though more refined, so we thought this would be a good opportunity for you learn more, and make a sample tile to take home
This workshop will be hosted at StoneHedge, a place for community, just outside Edmonton, in Sherwood Park AB. Last year we facilitated a week long work party to build the walls of the straw bale Temple at this site. The Temple itself is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the lands in Alberta and the people who strive to protect them. This space is to be available for people of all faiths, spiritual beliefs and religions, as a global healing temple for all. We’ll be installing the earthen floor in this space.
Early bird pricing available!
Hope to see you there.