Don’t bale out but in on new straw courses

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Straw Works, a Calder Valley company run by award winning strawbale builder Barbara Jones, has developed a new series of courses in Todmorden and elsewhere, to be held over the winter.

Planning your Strawbale Build, at New Oddfellows Hall, Oxford Street, Todmorden, on Saturday, November 23, is a one day seminar, focusing on the project management of a strawbale build, explaining techniques you can use to bring your project in on quality, on budget and on time. A seminar pack comprising handouts, checklists and a case study will be available to take away and use as a basis for winter planning.

The First Straw, held on Sunday, December 8, also at the New Oddfellows Hall, is for everyone who wants to know about strawbale building but hasn’t experienced it yet.

Barbara says: “Maybe you’ve seen it on Grand Designs; maybe you want to build your own studio in the garden. It is not a practical course but it covers a history of strawbale building, reasons why you would choose to use straw for building, environmental and sustainability issues, basic introduction to techniques and design, and an opportunity to ask questions.”

Getting Plastered is an introductory course for everyone who wants to know about breathable plasters but has no experience yet. It covers a history of lime and clay plasters, reasons why you would choose to use them, environmental and sustainability issues, a basic introduction to the materials, and an opportunity to ask questions. It is on Saturday, January 11, again at New Oddfellows Hall.

Each course is £35 each.

Courses are also held at other venues, see website for details.

To book a place email Jane at or use paypal on the website.