Maximum class size: 8 – Sign ups are on a first come basis!

Workshop Instructor:
Amanda Fischer of Muddy Hands

Entry Requirements: Open to all

Exchange: $75-$100 sliding scale or a discounted price of $125 for both workshops!

Description: In the first workshop we will be mixing and installing light straw clay infill into an already existing framed wall system. The second workshop will cover how to source, mix and apply earthen plasters to light straw clay walls. The structure will be an artist/music studio for a beautiful family living just outside Nevada City.

The is a great workshop series for those looking for wall infill alternatives to conventional insulation. Light Straw Clay is great for outdoor structures, sheds, interior walls, and any application where not a lot of insulation is needed. However, light straw clay can be used to fulfill California energy code requirements if a 12″ minimum wall system is being designed. Earthen plasters can enhance a space thermally, acoustically, resists mold, absorbs toxins and are healthy alternatives to conventional finishes. Both provide a great natural, inexpensive, locally available and environmentally friendly building strategy.

Both workshops will be hands on with theory and demonstration components offering an in depth learning experience.

Food: Please bring your own lunch, water/water bottle and snacks. We will break mid day for lunch. These workshops can be labor intensive, therefore snacks can be essential.

What to bring: Sun hat, clothes to get dirty, sun protection, gloves, light weight long sleeve shirt, notebook, camera, change of clothes, towel, snacks. If you are attending the 2nd workshop: Earthen Plasters, bring a soil sample from home.

About the instructor: Amanda Fischer is the Director of the Natural Living School and organizer of Muddy Hands.  She is a designer, teacher, builder, project manager, adventurer, traveler and avid learner of all things interesting!  Amanda has been designing, building and teaching conscious and sustainable structures for over 6 years. Learn more about her here.

Sample schedule:
9:30am – 10:00am: Opening circle
10:00am – 12:30pm: Sourcing materials, testing, mixing & application
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch & break
1:30pm – 2:00pm: Sharing resources & discussion
2:00pm – 5:00pm: Hands on application
5:00pm – 5:30pm: Wrap up, Q&A

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