Instructor: Joshua Thornton
Dates: June 21st to 25th, 2010
Fees: $525* CDN
*fees include lunch on all workshop days and camping accommodations.
Deadline for registration: MONDAY MAY 31. Additional fees
will apply after this date.
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In this session the participants will have the opportunity to
learn the production techniques for creating healthy natural straw/clay
walls. This is a hands-on experience constructing these wonderful
walls with locally sourced materials using the production techniques
of the professionals.
You will learn about the different types of clay/loam and aggregate
combinations which can be used in insulating exterior walls. Woodchip
clay, Hemp clay, and straw/clay will all be discussed prior to
the students being introduced to the production oriented tools
and equipment we will use. We will also teach you the framing
techniques required to create walls which will be accepted by
your local building inspector. Furthermore, you gain the valuable
insight as to how to time your sub trades in these projects allowing
you to avoid costly mistakes!
1. Tape measure, square (speed, combination, and/or framing),
pencils, utility knife.
2. Work gloves (rubberized cotton is ideal for the strawclay work),
comfortable working clothes, shoes or boots. All will get muddy!
3. Tool belt and hammer.
4. Lunch tools: cutlery, water bottle, dish, bowl, cup.
5. Sun protection (sunblock, bandana, hat) and clothing for all
types of weather.
6. Safety gear: ear plugs or muffs and safety glasses.
7. Optional: Your own power tools such as: cordless drill/impact
driver, circular saw, clamps, levels, etc.
8 . Optional: A sample of dry clay soil and/or straw, from your
own property or home area. This is helpful in evaluating the suitability
of your materials.
The site where we will build this frame has FREE camping
featuring an outdoor kitchen, outhouse and solar shower.
Please bring your own camping gear and cooking implements.
Other accommodations are available here:
We also request that participants sign a Waiver prior to the commencement
of the workshop.