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Straw Bales Now Available in Central Texas!

Looking for bales? Need straw for cobbing?

Thanks to the wonderful Spring rains, there is a good crop of wheat and barley straw for structural straw bales this year! Ken Richter, our bale friend near Taylor, Texas (less than an hour north of Austin) has rectangular 2-string bales as well as big round bales. You can pick them up or he can deliver. Ken said the cost will be $5 or less per rectangular bale, right out of the field.
Need bales but not quite yet? Ken can store your purchased bales. Remember: The more times a bale is handled (picked up out of the field, put into storage, loaded onto a trailer, etc.), the more expensive it gets. So getting your bales right out of the field is the most cost effective way to do it.

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Harvested/Salvaged Wood Furniture Workshop

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

This is carpentry and structural design at it’s core!  We are surrounded by strong, durable and readily-available materials that are often considered unfit for the lumber yard.  This workshop involves the use of Bastrop pine, juniper/cedar and other sustainably-harvested/salvaged materials from trees and bushes to make a stool, chair, and/or bench that you can take home with you!
Location: Cedar Creek, TX
Fee: $85 for nonmembers, $68 for DBL members
The project: During this hands-on workshop, builder/craftsman extraordinaire Norm Ballinger will introduce you to the various steps of BUILDING INDIVIDUALIZED FURNITURE USING HARVESTED BASTROP PINE & JUNIPER through discussion and hands-on participation, including the following skills and concepts:
-harvesting materials
-wood joinery
-structural design
-efficient tool use
Additional Information: Fee for the workshop is $85 for non-members and $68 for DBL members and includes a healthy vegetarian lunch, water, tea and snacks. (If you are not already a member, join now and receive the discounted workshop price.) Enrollment is limited. Register for the workshop below or contact Lauren (lauren AT designbuildlive.org) for more information.  One full or partial work-trade position may be available for a highly-motivated person with limited financial resources.

REGISTRATION CLOSED. Stay tuned for our next workshop–Limewash–on March 31st!

 

Bastrop Harvested/Salvaged Wood Furniture Workshop

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

This is carpentry and structural design at it’s core!  We are surrounded by strong, durable and readily-available materials that are often considered unfit for the lumber yard.  This workshop involves the use of Bastrop pine, Juniper/Cedar and other sustainably-harvested/salvaged materials from trees and bushes to make a stool, chair, and/or bench that you can take home with you!   Design, joinery, material selection, and efficient tool use will be some of the subjects covered.

For more information, or to register for this workshop, email Lauren at lauren AT designbuildlive.org.

 

Straw Bales Now Available in Central Texas!

There was some concern that we might not have any straw in Central Texas this season because of the drought. But some of our area farmers WERE able to grow wheat and barley in spite of the dearth of water! Here is what we know so far from Ken Rickter:

  • Wheat or barley straw
  • Rectangular bales or large round bales
  • Wire or twine on rectangular bales
  • Taylor, Texas area

If you need straw, call Ken Rickter at 512-963-5807 for prices and details. This is the best time to get straw – right out of the field, before the price goes up do to the additional labor of loading it into a barn for storage.

Introduction to Carpentry Workshop – Using Reclaimed Materials

A One-Day Design~Build~Live Workshop

Saturday April 30th, 2011, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Instructor:  Norm Ballinger
Location: South Austin, Texas
Fee: $75 ; $60 for members – Registration required (see below)
Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

During this hands-on workshop you will be introduced to the various steps of carpentry through discussion and hands on participation, including:

~ Selecting and obtaining reclaimed materials

~ Layout and design elements of stud framing

~ Tool basics

~ Building headers

~ Inserting doors and windows

~ Attaching roofs

The project: Construction of a 12×16 shed to introduce layout, some standard practices, and the ways different materials are used. The goal of the workshop is to show participants how to design and build a basic structure. With some practice, the same knowledge can be applied to more complicated structures, such as building a house.

The instructor: Norm Ballinger is a builder and designer of residential homes, especially strawbale, and also does rainwater harvesting. He has 30 years of construction experience.

Registration: Fee for the workshop is $75 for non-members and $60 for DBL members. (If you are not already a member, join now and receive the discounted workshop price.) Included as part of the workshop will be a healthy vegetarian lunch, water, tea and snacks. Enrollment is limited to fifteen people. Register for the workshop below or contact Lauren at 617-519-1775 for questions. We will consider children under 18, but please call Gayle for verification: 512-478-9033

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