End of the Straw Bale Courses

I am at the pub, partly because I don’t have wifi at home anymore (until Friday!) but also to celebrate the peaceful and successful conclusion of two straw wall building courses.

house

At the end of the first course, the house had nearly all of the ground floor walls built.  Amanda… (I love the below picture, I can just hear David Attenborough’s voiceover) … demonstrates that this week, we got right up to the eaves.

Amanda

Rae explains some principle of straw building…

Rae

And Sara practices whatever it was.

sara

The upstairs is looking pretty crowded these days.

Grace

Ben, looking a bit like Jesus, explains about the ring beam he built. Helene the disciple looks either contemplative of the Good News, or possibly just distracted.

ben_and_helene

 

Sophie, Josh and Manuel listen to Ben explaining how we’re going to raise, finish, and drop the ring beam on the extension.

josh_and_sophie

We built a straw staircase to heft the sections of Ben’s ring beam into place before fixing them together into one long box beam and lowering it onto the wall. Mammoth team effort. Totally successful.

loadbearing_wall_plate

We got the ring beam stuffed, ready for capping, but we didn’t have time to actually cap it. So guess what I’m doing this week?

stuffing

I delivered cookies at regular intervals throughout the course because I believe it encourages quality building as well as general wellbeing.

cookies

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