Natural Building Workshops and Volunteer Opportunities
The process of building my own cob and bale house was empowering and a tremendous growth experience. While not everyone desires to build their own home, there is great benefit from learning a skill that allows you to improve any living space. Plastering the walls of a bedroom, tearing out the carpet and installing an earthen floor, or building an earthen oven, all can have profound benefits. I encourage you to explore.
All workshops are hands-on, since I believe we learn best by doing. They are physical by nature and encourage each person to work at a sustainable pace. By seeking feedback and tailoring each workshop for the participants, I strive to meet the needs of each person. Courses are supportive, fun, and open to people of all ages and orientations. By developing new friendships and exploring issues of sustainability and community, I hope to make each workshop a meaningful experience. I look forward to learning and playing with you.
Workshops and courses will continue to evolve as the season progresses so check here occasionally or send me a note or friend me on Facebook to receive updates. Please note your work party interest in the friend request. Stay tuned, in the mean time consider one of the following.
Pacific University bike shelter Spring term Forest Grove, OR
Art department faculty member Tyler Brumfield is teaching a course at Pacific that will be using round-wood timberframing to build covered bike parking. I have been leading the design work and will be assisting with the construction.
Volunteer Plaster Opportunity Spring Newberg, OR
This spring will be time for the cob shed to shine. Exterior plaster is the finishing step for the Learning Garden shed at Portland Community College Newberg Center.
Want to learn about lime plaster and sculptural relief? Please stay tuned for work dates and schedule.
135 Werth Blvd. Newberg, Oregon Please use my contact form if you'd like more information.
Volunteer Opportunity - Earthen Floor late winter Summit, OR
I'll be leading the pouring of an earthen floor in a new home west of Corvallis. Currently working on dates and will have them posted with more details soon.
Plaster panel mural - Portland Waldorf School March Milwaukie, OR
The sixth grade students have been studying mineralogy and we'll be using clay, sand, and fiber to create sculptural panels to decorate a stairwell.
Earthen Plaster Workshop June Cottage Grove, OR
Time to put the finishing touches on the interior of a lovely little cob and bale cottage. Two days of mixing, troweling, and sculpting instruction at an intentional community. Details in the works.
Cob Cottage - Cob, Balecob, & Straw-Clay! July Bandon, OR
Renown as pioneers in the cob and natural building movement the folks at Cob Cottage have much to offer. I'll be teaching a nine day owner building workshopin Bandon at SustainableU. This great course focuses on three wall systems with both theory and direct experience. Dates and details forthcoming.
Timberframe patio roof - volunteer opportunity Dates TBD Oak Grove, OR
This is the year for me to upgrade my patio cover to a proper roof. I'll need to wait until dates for floating professional commitments have solidified before I post dates for my own project.