Learn the Light Straw Clay Technique

A great way to make a wall...
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Light Straw Clay

This is a technique we use to create an insulated wall with natural materials.  I often tell people it's a way to re-create the shape of a strawbale to fit whatever space you have.  It works great for filling in walls framed with two by fours or two by sixes.  We will be creating walls with this technique also known as Light Clay or Slipstraw on Sunday October 9th and Friday the 14th.  So if you want to learn how to do it yourself, come on out to Ampersand and join us for the day.  Please RSVP and we will make you a solar cooked lunch!  Check out these photos of the fun Straw Clay work we have done in the past.

Light Straw Clay can be finished with an earthen plaster. We plan to use our dirt from right here on site.  After a half inch layer of mud, we will be finishing the outside walls with a salvaged tongue and groove wood siding.  The inside will eventually receive an interior finish plaster.
Thanks to Grace for being our solar kitchen goddess this fall!  Thanks to Charlie for all his hard work this last two weeks, and we look forward to welcoming our next crew of volunteers. We still have a work-trade position open for October! Look HERE for more details.  Contact us at amanda@ampersandproject.org
We have come a long way with our building project!  Imagine the walls filled in with sliding glass doors and light straw clay. There will also be an outdoor sleeping porch above. Thanks to Navona and Ella and Ryanne for helping too!
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