Introduction to Strawbale Building


Introduction to
Strawbale Building

"I believe that a revolution can begin from this one strand of straw ... I have come to realize the weight and power of this straw. For me, this revolution is very real."
— Masanobu Fukuoka


  • Friday, April 5, 2024
  • Sunday, April 7, 2024
  • 06:00 PM
  • 05:00 PM


  • Canelo Project , ARIZONA


  • $ 350 inc. lunches and camping

Introduction to Strawbale Building Workshop 

This 2-day introductory strawbale course is great for those who are curious and want an accessible overview of strawbale building. It is also ideal for builders and contractors who have experience with conventional foundations and roofing systems and would like to learn the strawbale components.
Over the years we have evolved a unique hybrid system that combines “load-bearing” or compressed bale walls with other structural supports such as window and door bucks, and external pins to stop and control the compression. It is an effective, practical, and flexible system. With a few simple modifications it can also be used to work with in-fill system. It has also been honed-in to work well with clay plasters.

For examples see our many strawbale buildings at Canelo.

We will dismantle and re-build a small strawbale demonstration structure onsite at Canelo.

This workshop will cover the following:

  • Stacking Bale walls
  • Creating partial bales
  • Tying corner bales and exterior pins
  • Compressing bales with threaded rods and top plate
  • Demo of plastering bales with a high-fibered sculptural clay plaster 
Note – we will also be hosting a longer, comprehensive 5-day workshop in Fall 2024.


  • Dates: This is a 2-day course that begins with an introductions/orientation the evening before at 6pm on April 5. Class will start at 8.30am, April 6 and ends 5pm, April 7. Participants are welcome to stay the evening of the 7th also.
  • Meals: Home-cooked vegetarian lunches will be provided both days and are included in workshop price. Participants are responsible for preparing their own Breakfast and Dinners. We have a small outdoor kitchen, but participants are encouraged to bring their own camping/cooking supplies.
  • Accommodations: Camping and bunkroom beds are available and included in the worshop. We have a few private rooms available for an extra cost. Our guesthouse also has a fully-equipped kitchen
  • Deposit – Full payment of this workshop is required to register ($350)

Read more as you register on our General Workshop Info.

Workshop Syllabus