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Sale Ends Friday, November 30th at 9:00am EST

We are having a sale on everything in our store including workshop tuitions (up to $200 off!), all of our How-To DVDs, my new book: “A Modern Look At Straw Bale Construction,” and two sets of professional construction plans for small or tiny houses. You’ll even discover that I have created discounts on the three most popular ways to work with me directly. You can get my help with a construction plan review, have me come to your site and train your baling crew for three days, or get both of those plus a year of consulting and more.

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Straw Bale Workshop: Where Will I Meet You?

We are excited to announce our 2013 workshop schedule this coming Friday, November 23rd. We have some great locations and projects set up this year, and I trust you will find the perfect option. So the question then becomes: when and where will I get to meet you? You may think that that depends on where you live; however, I have seen people travel from great distances to workshops for many different reasons. Some come for the location, and others for the project. What will make you travel? Let’s see what the workshops have to entice you…

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Straw Bale Design Seminar: Old Friends and New Friends

Last weekend in Denver, Colorado I held my first ever 2-day Straw Bale Design Seminar. I suppose it would be silly for me to try and share the group experience via a blog post. We simply covered too much ground and had too much fun to sum it up in a few paragraphs. I’ll do my best, nonetheless, to let you in on it as best I can. I started my workshop by hugging old friends and saying hello to new ones. I think there is something about starting a workshop that way because the smiles seemed to be contagious. I think they came from knowing that the room was full of like minded people willing to share their questions and experiences to help the group move forward. The simple format of the weekend allowed us to discuss the inner workings of straw bale construction in great detail. We covered the construction details of building a straw bale home and how to properly represent those details on the construction drawings. We talked at great length about working with building departments, banks, insurance companies, and more. We dove into managing subcontractors, budgets, and time lines. We reviewed the plans that participants brought with them and offered feedback and guidance on each set.

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August Straw Bale Workshop Winner!

Congratulations to Jeremy!  His name was picked as the August winner for a free 7 day straw bale workshop.  World, meet Jeremy… “I am a permaculturally-informed and biased socio-political activist-journalist and future-roots hiphop producer currently living in Lawrence, Kansas with my sweet little family.  Deeply committed to local food and farms, I’m interested in rounding out my facility with the […]

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Meet the Oregon Workshop Host

Teresa, the Sam’s Valley, Oregon workshop host for the gets to do something most of us wouldn’t have the courage and stamina to do year after year…teach at a youth correctional facility. Helping the local troubled youth is something she loves and is passionate about. Kids come in as young as 12 years old and […]

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April Free Workshop Winner!

This month’s free workshop winner is…Jesse L.! Jesse is an artist and writer inspired by the natural world of Vermont.  She is also an herbalist and last year was certified in Permaculture Design.  For the past two years she has not had a home of her own but instead has been employed by going house […]

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