May 29-31, 2020

Building with Adobe, Cob, Wattle and Daub; Thermal Properties and Passive Solar Design

Instructors: Michael G Smith, Colin Gillespie and Blair Phillips

This is part four in a four part series that covers practice and theory of structural systems (timber framing), insulation (straw bales) and thermal mass wall systems (cob, adobe, wattle and daub). The  weekend Intensive (Friday through Sunday) will include the bulk of theoretical and practical training, followed by a 4-day Practicum (Monday June1 through Thursday June 4) focused on hands-on building experience. Participants are encouraged to attend both the intensive and practicum for the full learning experience. 

Workshops fees include an all organic, local as possible lunch and dinner as well as camping/housing options. We will also offer a breakfast of oats, bananas and peanut butter, students are invited to bring snacks to supplement additional needs. Fee also includes optional guided early morning yoga class.

This is part four in a four part series that covers practice and theory of structural systems (timber framing), insulation (straw bales) and thermal mass wall systems (cob, adobe, wattle and daub). The 

Description: More fun with clay, straw, and sticks! Building on what we learned in the previous workshops, we will branch out into other earthen wall systems and begin the finishing process., as well as delving deeper into design and Building Science.

• Build different styles of  adobe and cob arches, with and without forms

• Make several types of wattle and daub, a sculptural, thin earthen wall made of sticks, clay and straw

• Learn the steps to turn a raw earthen or straw bale wall into a finished, durable wall by applying plasters made of clay and lime.

• Continue to refine our cob mixing and building skills

• Understand the thermal properties of mass wall systems like cob and adobe and insultive wall systems like straw bale, and how to combine them to create the most efficient passive solar designs

• Understand how to connect multiple natural wall systems together in a strong, efficient hybrid home

The extended practicum will include more wall building and much more experience with earthen plasters.

Three-day Intensive Fee:  $400 before April 15th  $500 thereafter (discounts if you apply for multiple workshops)
Weekday Practicum Fee: $120-160 to cover food, cook, and other costs of hosting

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