CASBA

Here are photos from a few of our workshops.

2014


The workshop was held in Nevada County in September 2014 and focused on a small straw bale infill cottage.

2010

The workshop was held in Butte County in support of the burned out community. The structure is 17' wide by 48' long and was designed by Bob Theis who led the bale raising workshop. The building is an infill straw bale system but instead of post and beam frame work; whole house trusses were used. It sits on a raised foundation because of the hillside. Earth plaster finishes were used inside and out for the base plaster.


2009

A straw bale infill post and beam structure was the new format for the workshop in 2009. It was built in Sonoma county and will become a guest cottage and/or art studio for the owners. Bob Theis designed it and led the bale raising workshop. The structure used peeled poles from the site and will have a living roof. Tracy Thieriot led the Earth Plaster workshop with assist from Bob and Emily Reynolds (trained in Japan to make and apply Natural plasters).







2008

The workshops were held in Seaside on the grounds of the Chartwell School with Jay Tulley acting as host. The 16ft X 24ft structure was a permitted load bearing straw bale building with Earth Plaster. The foundation has a concrete footing and will have an earthen floor. The building will be used as an outdoor classroom by the school and the students are assisting in finishing the building.

Bale Raising workshop in July

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Jay & Max placing the first bale

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Window bucks installed in straw bale walls

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Box beam installation

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Completed structure

Interim prep work for plaster

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Strapping and roof framing

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Meshes complete and ready for plaster

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Exterior mesh complete

Plaster Workshop in October

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Start of Earth Plaster application

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Plaster detailing

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Workshop group and plastered building

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