Straw Bale Workshop in New York State!

I am happy to announce a new workshop date for the 2008 season. I will be holding a seven day intensive straw bale workshop September 1 – September 7, 2008 at the beautiful Berry Hill Gardens country Bed and Breakfast. Here’s a little description of the property from their website (www.BerryHillGardens.com).

Off the beaten path on a secluded lane, conveniently centered between Bainbridge, Afton and Oxford, our country bed and breakfasts are located in the heart of Central New York. The breathtaking Leatherstocking Region is an area bursting with museums, sporting facilities, artisans and fascinating history.

The hosts offer two vastly different B&B experiences on their 300 acres of gardens, lakes, ponds, woods and meadows. Berry Hill Gardens Bed and Breakfast Inn is situated on a hilltop overlooking miles of rural beauty; the Buckthorn Lodge is nestled in a sunny glen deep in the woods. Enjoy delicious breakfasts in a friendly, healthy informal atmosphere. Comfortable antiques, fireplaces and all-natural luxury linens are throughout.
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This workshop will take the participants step by step through the process of building a straw bale cottage roughly 400 square feet in size. I will cover all of the information you need to build your own cottage and ultimately: your own house! The workshop, like all of my workshops, is limited to 20 participants so sign up soon to reserve your space. The area is beautiful, the workshop will be educational and fun, and you will leave with a new knowledge of how to build with bales. To sign up and to learn more about my other workshops, please visit www.StrawBale.com/store. Thanks and I hope to bale with you soon!

Pictures by Berry Hill Gardens

14 Responses to Straw Bale Workshop in New York State!

  1. Janet Jarvies Tue, November 13, 2007 at 4:53 pm #

    Will people be camping or do we stay in the B&B?

  2. Frank Williams Tue, November 13, 2007 at 4:58 pm #

    What kind of stuff do you cover in the workshop? It seems like 400 Sf is pretty small and I wonder if you can really teach people “all there is to know” on such a small building. I would be interested to hear more about what things you teach. Thanks.

    Frank

  3. Andrew
    Andrew Tue, November 13, 2007 at 5:40 pm #

    I cover pretty much every aspect of building with bales from foundation details to plaster coats. We don’t usually have time to actually do the plaster coats hands on, but I answer questions and give tips about how to achieve a quality finish. If we are lucky, we will get to apply the scratch coat (first coat) of plaster before the workshop ends. The building is a good teaching piece because it has plumbing, electrical, interior partition walls, and many other aspects of an actual full scale home. This way the participants get to try their hand at all the different details. If you have more questions, please visit http://www.StrawBaleWorkshops.com and let me know here if you still don’t get your answers.

  4. Andrew
    Andrew Tue, November 13, 2007 at 5:42 pm #

    Janet,
    Participants are welcome to stay in the B&B if they want to purchase rooms. They are also welcome to camp on the property for free. It is up to you!

  5. Patrick Doyle Sat, November 17, 2007 at 12:28 pm #

    GREAT!! My family and I are looking to move to that area after several trips up there. WE want to build a strawbale house so this will work out perfect! I have been hard pressed to find anyone on the East coast that does this. Looking forward to a hard, fun filled week…and some sore muscles the week after!

  6. Andrew
    Andrew Sat, November 17, 2007 at 2:46 pm #

    Patrick,
    I am glad this will work out so well for you! That’s great news. To sign up, go to the workshop website: http://www.StrawBaleWorkshops.com. It is still a way off, but sometimes these workshops fill up faster than I anticipate. See you in September.

    Andrew

  7. aikeau Thu, March 13, 2008 at 11:06 pm #

    Hello, I’m interested but how much construction experience does one need to attend this workshop?

    Thanks,
    aikeau

  8. Andrew
    Andrew Fri, March 14, 2008 at 8:00 am #

    Aikeau,
    You do not need any building experience at all. It will help if you have some, but I explain everything well enough to understand even with no prior experience.

    Andrew

  9. Jeanne Smith Thu, November 13, 2008 at 4:47 am #

    Andrew, I live in Madison County, in central New York State. Will there be more workshops in my area?

    Jeanne

  10. Andrew
    Andrew Mon, November 17, 2008 at 8:40 am #

    Hi Jeanne. Thanks for your interest. I am starting to put together a schedule for 2009 and it looks like I will have an East Coast workshop in Pennsylvania this year near the NY border. Stay tuned to http://www.StrawBaleWorkshops.com for the schedule.

  11. Jeanne Smith Mon, April 6, 2009 at 4:53 am #

    How can I start a straw bale support group in Central New York State?

    Jeanne

  12. Andrew
    Andrew Mon, April 6, 2009 at 8:58 am #

    Hi Jeanne. I will post a blog entry stating your intentions and asking people to respond to the blog who would be interested in getting it started. That’s the best I can offer. Otherwise, you can connect with like minded folks in your area. Good luck. You might consider attending my workshop in Scipio Center, NY this August to meet people interested in baling. You can sign up at http://www.StrawBaleWorkshops.com

  13. David Lunzman Thu, September 15, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    Hello Andrew,

    My Wife and I just purchased the Berry Hill Gardens Bed and Breakfast. The straw bale house that was built back in 2009 was never completed and the last thing that was done was the scratch coat. I plan on purchasing your DVD on Plastering with Natural Hydraulic Lime. Will the DVD provide enough information to finish the stucco?

    Thanks,
    Dave

  14. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Thu, September 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    Hi Dave. That is crazy that it was never completed! Yes, the DVD will give you the information you need to complete the plaster for sure. If you have questions after watching it, please let me know how I can help. I would love to see that completed!

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