This straw-bale building online course contains a range of documents and videos by the UK’s top straw-bale builder, Barbara Jones. The course covers all aspects of straw-bale building, from foundations, walls and roofs to tools, internal fittings and plastering, with lots of tips and inside information. The tutor is Barbara Jones of Straw Works (formerly of Amazonails) and The School of Natural Building. Based in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, Straw Works have been involved in some capacity with more than 300 buildings in the UK and Europe, ranging from tiny garden buildings to the UK’s largest straw bale building to date. They have experience of every step in the building process from conception, through planning, design, mentoring, building, training and the ultimate delivery of a finished building. They offer a complete design service from initial idea through planning drawings, Building Regulation submissions and construction drawings suitable for self-builders.

What's included in the price?

The course represents excellent value – there are over 200 minutes of videos to accompany 11 pdf documents containing text and diagrams, so that as well as reading about the processes, you can watch videos of exactly how it’s done. - Introduction - Choosing bales - Simple design - Tools and carrying - Customising and dressing bales - Splitting bales without needles - Foundations - Loadbearing, infill and hybrid methods - Raising the walls and pinning - Base plate - Fitting base bale - Fitting wall bales - Wall plate - Compression of straw walls - Windows and doors - Roofing - Windows, doors and roofs - Fixtures, fittings and services - Plastering straw-bale buildings - Some finished buildings After purchasing, we will be in touch via email and issue you with your personal link to access the course.

What you will need

This course is best viewed via a computer rather than a mobile phone or tablet. You will also require Adobe Acrobat or similar in order to view the pdf text elements.





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