Wanted: Certifiable Straw Balers

We receive several emails each week from people all around the US looking for recommendations for certified balers and professional contractors that have experience with straw bale construction. The truth is that most of the time we don’t have leads on whom to recommend. It seems like a shame since we know that there are talented balers all over the country (and world!).

We really want to change this and to set up a resource list on www.StrawBale.com linking up those looking for balers with those that can bale. It is also our wish to help support any of you who want to earn a living baling houses by offering the resources and training to help make that dream come true.

So, starting with the 2014 straw bale workshop season, we invite anyone interested in becoming a Certified Baler to join us and start moving forward on that goal.

Here’s how it will work:

IF YOU ARE A GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND WANT TO BECOME A CERTIFIED BALER and have not attended a workshop with us yet, please let us know that you want to be certified when you sign up for a workshop. We need to know before the workshop starts so that during the week we can personally work closely with you and make sure that you are understanding the process well and so we can be there as a resource for you if you have further questions. Upon completion of the workshop, assuming your performance shows that you understand the baling process at a proficient level, you will officially be a Certified Baler.** Upon your request, we will provide you a free spot in our General Contractor Certified Baler Resource Page for you to post your bio and contact information.

IF YOU ARE NOT A GC*, BUT WANT TO BECOME A CERTIFIED BALER and have not attended a workshop with us yet, at workshop sign up, please let us know that you want to be certified. We need to know before the workshop starts so that during the week we can personally work closely with you and make sure that you are understanding the process well and so we can be there as a resource for you if you have further questions. Upon completion of the workshop, assuming your performance shows that you understand the baling process at a proficient level, you will officially be a Certified Baler.** Upon your request, we will provide you a free spot in our Unlicensed Certified Baler Resource Page for you to post your bio and contact information.

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY ATTENDED A WORKSHOP WITH US and want to be listed as a Certified Baler for free in our Resource Page, please email us at info@strawbale.com as this option may still be available to you.**

IF YOU ARE A HOME/LAND OWNER looking for a Certified Baler to work on your project, please check back in with us once the 2014 workshop season has begun. We will be adding names to our Resource pages as we receive them. We will do everything in our power to only certify balers that have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the baling process; however, it will be up to you personally to interview baling candidates and to obtain references as you feel necessary.

We will be opening up registration for our 2014 workshop season in just a few weeks (November 29th). Stay tuned to our newsletter for more information on the time and specifics of the season launch release.

*Contractor boards in your area may dictate that only licensed contractors are able to legally work on someone else’s project. It is up to the individual to investigate what restrictions apply to their area.

** Please note that we can not guarantee certification. Certification will be based on workshop participation and showing that a deep understanding of the covered material has been achieved.

8 Responses to Wanted: Certifiable Straw Balers

  1. Burger Mon, November 4, 2013 at 1:45 am #

    Good morning,

    This is an European rewarded straw bale builder:

    Werner Schmidt

    http://www.atelierwernerschmidt.ch

    Please put him on your builders list.

    Greetings

    Vital

  2. Jane Evanson Mon, November 4, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    This is FANTASTIC news. My first real storm here arrived last night and could not believe how quiet it was inside. The wind was howling through the pinions and I had to open the patio door to listen- I’m lifting weights, getting ready for a 2014 strawbale workshop.

  3. Frank Tettemer Mon, November 4, 2013 at 4:08 am #

    Just as an up-date: the Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition, (now renamed: Ontario Natural Building Coalition), http://www.naturalbuildingcoalition.ca , has begun an apprenticeship program two years ago, to do just what you are hoping; to certify competent bale builders.
    We have written a thorough manual for each apprentice to have the details signed off by their professional Trainers, and also have written a manual for details in bale construction.
    Chris Magwood and I have taken this to last year’s International Straw Building Conference, in Colorado, and the response has been a slow trickle of interest, from Ontario as well as NZ, Aus, Colorado, and Calif. There are a couple of individuals who have completed the process.
    The biggest stumbling block is the lack of willing professionals to get on board as Trainers. Mostly, this has to do with a slow construction industry and the number of interested apprentices far outshines the available work for them. By at least ten apprentices with interest to one Trainer available.
    so if you have a surplus of interested builders, home-owners, who could act as trainers, please send them onward. i believe that the work we have already done could benefit your interests. Let me know if you would like more communication around this.
    here’ the link to our program on our website:
    http://naturalbuildingcoalition.ca/Default.aspx?pageId=1341750
    And here’s the link to the manual, which is loosely paraphrased from the Red Seal Carpenter’s Apprenticeship program, supported by the Canadian Ministry of colleges and Universities:
    http://naturalbuildingcoalition.ca/Resources/Documents/OSBBC%20Apprenticeship%20Training%20Manual.pdf
    Frank Tettemer
    Ontario Natural Building Coalition board member, Professional’s Liason;
    chair of the Apprenticeship Committee

  4. Barbara Ann Wright Mon, November 4, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    I have helped bale on a house in Pendleton and it was a learning experience. I am hoping to build a strawbale this year and will be looking for contractors and balers as soon as I can get things settled and the money in the bank.

  5. Chad Macy Mon, November 4, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    This is awesome, Andrew! I have been waiting for this for a long time. I am glad that it is you and your team who are putting it together. Looking forward to doing another workshop with you and getting certified! -Chad

  6. david belsey Mon, November 4, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Have hatchett(canadian hammer!!!), have experience, will travel for work, love and peace

    Its been a long time. Let’s catch up

    Con much respecto mi hermano

    David
    416 912 9968

  7. joseph Mon, November 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Hi, my name is joseph:

    I have been involved in building for over 17years from mainstream custom homes, to high end custom homes, condos ,town houses, one winery. I don’t have the credentials just lots of experience. I specialize in Timber frame . Would be interested in the next certification course coming up. I have followed your web site for a number of years ,haven’t taken any courses with you. Thank you have a wonderful

  8. Andrew Morrison Thu, November 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Hi Richard. Great to hear from you and I’m happy to hear that you are looking to support others in their goal of building a bale home. Very cool. Let’s talk about what needs to happen next to get you moving on the path of bale inspiration!

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