[Attending a Workshop]

Update March 2022:

Because of Covid-19 restrictions and the health and safety of our staff, our clients, and our participants we are no longer able to provide workshop services at this time. For two and a half decades we have been advocates and educators for sustainable building and will continue to offer very limited design and consulting for owners and builders.


2018 WORKSHOPS, Port Angeles, Washington:

SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2018:
We will be building a post and beam strawbale house in Port Angeles, Washington on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. We will be stacking the bales into a post and beam structure so you will get to see all the details of construction. We will also be doing window detailing and applying a coat of plaster - so you get to see the whole process - in one weekend! We will also be having an intensive 7-day workshop. Please email us for more details if you are interested in this extended workshop.

Friday Night is the technical session 7pm - 9pm
At Vern Burton Community Center,
308 E 4th St, Port Angeles
An information packed evening about strawbale building! This is the time to get your questions answered. We'll talk about how different types of strawbale homes are built, from foundations, to notching bales, to box beams, and you can ask about your specific projects.

Saturday and Sunday,   8:30am - 5:30pm both days
1830 W 11th St. Port Angeles
These are hands-on training and building. Wall raisings are great weekends with stacking bales, notching bales, and making custom bales. Learn all about bale walls, window and door details, how to do rounded corners and preparing the walls for stucco and apply the first coat of plaster. Come and toss some bales with us. Lunch provided each day. Registration is required by email to confirm your spot. A small registratoin fee of $50 is needed to reserve your place and so we can plan on having enough food. There is no other cost for this workshop. Email us!

Camping is not available on our workshop site. We'll have a porta-potty as usual for construction sites. All our strawbale building sites are No Smoking sites. Contact us for additional details or questions.

Download a PDF workshop flyer and post in your neighborhood.

It's probably going to be chilly in the morning and a bit warmer in the afternoons - so bring a hat, lots of layers of clothing and sunscreen. Maybe a jacket and long sleeve shirt for part of the day. You will also want to bring a good pair of work gloves, heavy duty rubber gloves for plastering, a utility knife and tape measure (if you have them). Those of you with hammers, and tin snips or wire cutters, please bring them also. We will be using chainsaws for notching, so please bring a pair of safety glasses or some eye protection.

Don't miss your chance to learn about this fantastic building method. We always have a good time and the participants get so much experience!

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All of our workshops for 2014 and 2015 were in New Zealand. We completed three single family residences in our wall raising and plastering workshops







Lummi Island Weekend

A greenhouse in Ellensburg, and a home in Amboy.
Both in Washington during our wall raising, finishing and stucco weekends.

The IronStraw Group
510 E. 5th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362
e-mail: info@ironstraw.org

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