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Building with Earth and Straw Part 2: Earthen Floors & Plasters
Thursday | February 16, 2017 | 8:00 am — Friday | April 28, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Spreadwing Farm | Capay Valley, CA 95607
Part two in a 3-part series of hands-on workshops designed to introduce many of the skills, techniques and concepts necessary to build your beautiful, energy-efficient natural home. In this workshop we will learn how to correctly install a beautiful, durable poured adobe floor, as well as how to prepare different wall types for natural plasters and mix and apply earthen plasters. Earthen floors and plasters are a great way to add temperature-stabilizing thermal mass to make any home more efficient to heat and cool. Lectures and slide presentations cover foundations and drainage and construction sequence and management. We will also take an inspirational tour of several local natural homes.
Lead instructor Michael G. Smith has been teaching hands-on natural building workshops for 25 years. He has designed and/or built at least 50 natural buildings ranging in size from earthen ovens and composting toilets to a 3000 s.f. community house. He is the co-author of “The Hand-Sculpted House” and “The Art of Natural Building.”