THE BEAUTY OF A DIY STRAW BALE HOME One of the great pleasures in running our hands-on straw bale workshops is hearing from graduates who have finished their own beautiful, DIY straw bale home. We were so excited to hear from two such folks, Julia and John Furlong from New York, and to see their […]
I have been wanting to write about the Colorado workshop since the day I got home, but have been so busy this season with consulting, my own projects, and life in general, that I’m just now finding time to sit down and get this blog post done. Sorry for the delay! The good news is […]
What an incredible week we had in Montezuma, NM at this season’s first straw bale workshop. We always have a good time at the workshops, but there was something especially amazing about this week as we felt the joy of gathering together after such a long and, for some, lonely pandemic year. The vast majority […]
I met Paul and Sara in 2015, long before they moved into their very own Applegate Cottage, at my seven-day, hands-on workshop in La Grande, Oregon and was immediately struck by what an awesome couple they are. They had a work ethic like I’d not seen in years, and were always full of smiles and […]
“…My neck is stiff, my voice is weak, I hardly whisper when I speak. My tongue is filling up my mouth, I think my hair is falling out. My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight, My temperature is one-o-eight. My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear, There is a hole inside my ear. I have […]
My friend Timbo Scursso and I have been talking about the upcoming Natural Building Conference in Moab, Utah and I want to be sure you know about it. In fact, there’s a discount for early registration, so read on to learn more… ANNOUNCEMENT: The Natural Building Alliance presents the 2020 Rocky Mountain Natural Building Conference. […]
This is the last call for 2020 straw bale workshop hosts. If you hope to host a workshop on your project, please get me your application soon. You can find the application by reading this article or visiting the hosting page on the website.
If you’re like most people in the world, something is missing in your life. You may not know what it is, or may not have even identified with “missing something” until just now; all the same, you can feel it. Don’t believe me? Sit quietly and ask yourself: “Is there something missing? Is there a […]
The fire resistance of straw bale walls is superior to that of conventional construction. Learn why that matters and how it’s possible.
You’re invited to a special event! Join us at a two-day plastering party/workshop at a beautiful home we recently baled during a seven-day workshop in Temecula. The county was not willing to let us plaster until they had completed another inspection, and now that inspection is done. We are ready to throw some mud!! HERE […]