(go to kickstarter page)
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
  • Likes 10
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Log-Earthen Cabin Workshop: May 13-26 for $390!!
Price reduced! $390 for two weeks




Hop onto our job site, powered by solar power and hand tools. We are building an earth bermed, roundwood structure, with light straw insulation. Most of our materials come from a quarter mile radius. The cost of construction is ~$2 per square foot. Learn our techniques and get hands on experience this May!

Learning topics covered:
-Post and Beam Framing
-Foundation
-Earth berming
-Green roofs
-Passive solar design
-Drainage
-Excavation
-Insulation
-Earthen plasters
-Light clay/straw
-Cob
-2 story construction
-Fastenerless joints
-Slip and chip


Week 1: Post Frame Construction
Learn to fell a tree and strip off the bark. Prepare post holes and place a level post. Trim posts level on top and fit a beam to it. Join post and beam with metal fasteners.
 
 


Week 2: Slip Straw Infill and Earthen Plasters
Slip straw is a time tested insulation method. At nearly R2 per inch it is effective too. A regional expert is being brought in to teach this segment with Kai.
 
 


Instructors:
From ant village will be
Jim: built an oehler style house
Kai: Built a cob house 

Guest Instructors
   Erica Wisner: Erica will be teaching two segments during week #2 of the course. The topics will be earthen plasters and slip straw.
   Paul Wheaton: Paul is creator of the Wofati design. Paul will be giving a guest lecture in his own wofati on the lab.
More regional experts may be brought in for day lectures.

What's Included
Campsite and kitchen will be provided. Organic meals may be available for purchase.

The campsite will be on the lab and equipped with a composting toilet, drinking water, and solar shower. Open camp fires should be allowed at this time of year. ATT and Verizon get cell service.

If flying into Missoula, a shuttle can be coordinated.

Last year we ran a workshop to help build Janet the Ant's house!
 


 
 


Worktrade:
Participants who arrive 4 weeks before the workshop begins can attend for free!
Reduced cost for arriving 1 or 2 weeks early.
Work traders will be prepping materials:
peel logs, gather straw, gather clay, and getting the structure demonstration ready
$85 cost to cover organizational aspects
Maximum of 4 work trade participants.

Cost:
$390 cost! (price reduced)
$750 regular price
Paypal payment and more information:
jim@woodstead.org

COMMENTS:
 
paul wheaton
master steward
Posts: 21129
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
bee chicken hugelkultur trees wofati woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This is Jim's workshop.

He and I have been planning it for a long time.   There are a few details still being hammered out. 

I think he will be having two guest instructors - amazing guest instructors ...   I think everything has been arranged, but we need the final handshake with each of them.

This the exact two week slot just before the 2017 permaculture design course.

 
paul wheaton
master steward
Posts: 21129
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
bee chicken hugelkultur trees wofati woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Jim has elected, at this time, to not call this a "wofati" workshop because of a slight design difference.  I hope that within a couple of days this workshop will be renamed to be a wofati workshop.

 
Sean Pratt
Lab Ant
Posts: 54
Location: Rensselaer New York
13
  • Likes 5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Jim and Kai are good friends so this might sound bias but i have to say they are great teachers. i knew next to nothing when i showed up and could hardly hit a nail with a hammer. a big part of the reason i own a house for around 700$ now is the fact that Jim and Kai are really easy to ask questions to and always eager to help. had the people in ant village been anything but humble open minded teachers with a good work ethic i doubt i would have built a house so quickly ! i highly recommend this course for people intimidated by building who doubt they could accomplish a cabin in the woods on a budget.
 
paul wheaton
master steward
Posts: 21129
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
bee chicken hugelkultur trees wofati woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
click on the thumbs up for this post if you would be more likely to buy a ticket to this workshop if it were a wofati workshop.
 
paul wheaton
master steward
Posts: 21129
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
bee chicken hugelkultur trees wofati woodworking
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
click on the thumbs up for this post if you would be less likely to buy a ticket to this workshop if it were a wofati workshop.
 
Dean Howard
Posts: 120
Location: NE ARIZONA, Zone 5B, 7K feet, 24" rain
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This course looks awesome folks!
If we didn't care what you called it... Would there be an attempt during the course to explain both, and the benefits of each, for say 10-15 minutes
 
jim forster
Lab Ant
Posts: 45
Location: montana
36
  • Likes 4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hey Dean, I have just talked to Paul about this. He will now be giving a 2 hour lecture on the wofati design during the workshop! This lecture will take place in the latest wofati 0.8 known as cooper cabin.

This is a new addition to our guest instructors; more soon to be announced.
 
jim forster
Lab Ant
Posts: 45
Location: montana
36
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Announcing Erica Wisner as a guest instructor! Erica will be teaching plastering and slip-straw segments during the earthen week. Erica has a long history of working with and teaching about science, cob, rocket mass heaters, and more.
 
Sean Pratt
Lab Ant
Posts: 54
Location: Rensselaer New York
13
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
are you thinking of starting a whole new building or just working on your existing cabin?
 
jim forster
Lab Ant
Posts: 45
Location: montana
36
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hey Sean, we will be building a new building, but debating where still.
 
Sean Pratt
Lab Ant
Posts: 54
Location: Rensselaer New York
13
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Sounds like a smart idea to me! I have a few buildings i have been dreaming up while away from the lab. One is a structure something like Kai's. Maybe jointed together like timber frame from milled 4x4 or larger. I was thinking slip straw would be perfect to make it go fast. also depending on the purpose of the building i could beef up the post size to make the forms wider for the slip infill to gain more insulation. i think with a few people and some materials already gathered it would go up pretty fast all things considered. just a thought ! i can't wait to see what you guys cook up! Another idea i like is a foundation thats 1 part concrete 12 parts dirt or less. its well below 1 10th the concrete of standard organic and could keep our posts away from the moist earth . i found that in the bare foot architect . Hope everything is going well and the sap starts flowing soon to make your log peeling job easier! 
 
jim forster
Lab Ant
Posts: 45
Location: montana
36
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We just reduced the workshop price to $390. We had been planning to bring on one more timber framing expert but did not pull it off. Since we don't need to pay them, we have the ability to make the workshop a lot more affordable
 
Devin Lavign
pollinator
Posts: 470
Location: Pac Northwest
37
books chicken forest garden goat hunting solar trees wofati woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Darn this would have been great to attend but by May I will hopefully already be starting on building my house, or at least doing the infrastructure to get started on the house.

It is too bad this wasn't offered last fall, that would have been a perfect time for me. I suspect offering this in spring makes it tough for a lot of people as spring tends to mean a lot of work needs doing.

Of course I can understand why you would hold this in spring, if for no other reason than easier log peeling during the spring sap flow time.
 
jim forster
Lab Ant
Posts: 45
Location: montana
36
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Evan drew up this sketchup design for what we are thinking about building. It is not done yet, but thought I'd share

Hi Devin, we had a workshop in the fall helping build Janet's house, maybe we didn't get the word out enough. If you have free time before our workshop now, we are taking on worktraders and already starting the build prep.
sketchup.png
[Thumbnail for sketchup.png]
 
please buy this thing and then I get a fat cut of the action:
Learn, Design, Teach, & Inspire with Permaculture games.
FoodForestCardGame.com
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!