I was very fortunate to attend the international straw bale conference in Colorado when I was in the states a few years ago. It had a profound effect on me. So I’m so very excited to be part of the organising team bringing you this!
SBUK Presents: The Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018
Theme: Sowing the inspiration, growing the industry & harvesting the knowledge
Down To Earth – Swansea, UK – 10th,11th & 12th of August 2018:
SBUK are proud to present the inaugural ‘Big Straw Bale Gathering’ – a gathering to discuss and learn straw bale construction and share the latest and best thinking within the industry.
Held at Down To Earth’s beautiful strawbale roundhouse in South Wales. The weekend will feature talks, discussions and hands-on workshops, for all levels, led by the UK’s best natural builders and leading associated professionals. So come down and get excited about building with straw, learn some new techniques or get stuck into the geeky technical stuff.
When you are full of knowledge you can relax with great local organic food, music, dancing, yoga, ‘Strawbale Ale’, children’s activities and a host of extracurricular events ranging from walks to canyoneering on the beautiful Gower peninsular!
The Big Straw Bale Gathering will collect up everyone with an interest in straw bale building in the UK. No matter what level you are engaging with straw bale construction, there will be lots to learn at the BSBG. Jeffrey Hart – Events Director – SBUK
Clayfest 2017, 12-17th June, Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, UK
EBUKI have just announced this years’ Clayfest and conference. This year to be held in Lincoln, home of the ‘mud and stud’ building technique.
Workshops at Clayfest
The workshops cover a broad range of topics taught by the experts in their fields, topics including:
Light-Earth Construction; Clay and Natural Fibre Composites
Earth, earth-lime and hot mixed lime mortars
The Steppe Oven: Food Without Wood
Earth and Fibre: Experiments with Forms and Finishes
Mud and Stud
Cob Workshop, Basics to Mobius Strip
Earth Plasters, Decoration, Colour and Textures..
Earth Building UK & Ireland Conference 2017
Conference this year continues with the theme of Clayfest, building bridges. How do we respect tradition, learn from tradition, teach tradition, adapt tradition to bring a new generation of builders, designers, developers and clients to a better understanding and respect for materials which have almost perfect credentials in the circular economy, cradle to cradle materials which can be used and re-used almost indefinitely. Earth as a material has powerful properties and yet what people too often think of are it’s weaknesses. Other building materials also have weaknesses but have been more successful in projecting their strengths, what can we learn from this and how do we project that knowledge and understanding? Hearing from speakers working in and out of the earth building world we will plot a course to better understanding, better networks, building bridges to better building.
It’s sure to be a great week, hopefully I’ll see you there!
Community Rebuilds is a fantastic organisation operating in Utah and Colorado.
They replace dilapidated housing with super efficient straw bale homes, and use the build as a free training tool.
I built two houses with community rebuilds as an intern and as an apprentice/instructor. It truly shaped my future… and I had a lot of fun!
There are still spaces available for the upcoming builds, so if you think spending 4 months building a house for a low income family, in the most stunning scenery, with the most incredible people, sounds like fun… go here: http://www.communityrebuilds.org/internshipprograms.html
All next week I shall be at the Chelsea flower show with the green wood guild. We will be demonstrating timber framing, spoon carving, bowl carving, garden bench making and all the delightful training offered by the green wood guild.
Just finished another fantastic Ecobuild. I was there with Straw Works talking about straw bale building and giving demonstrations. It was a wonderful experience talking to so many people, some who knew nothing about straw and some that were as enthusiastic as me!
The whole team in the natural building area was a massive highlight. Inspired people, doing great things.