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Ground up building

GCBL staff  |  06/24/08 @ 2:37pm

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is building a straw-bale and cob "stewardship center", and is looking for volunteers who want some hands-on training in natural construction.

Susan Clellen, a builder and designer of environmentally sustainable buildings, is the project leader. She'll demonstrate mixing cob, applying natural earth plaster and other green building techniques, then turn over the building to you. The raw ingredients-straw, sand and clay-are all available locally.

The Nature Center is blogging about the building process. They explain:

Cob and straw-bale dates back to the ancient communities of Mesopotamia and is found in contemporary buildings in Europe, Africa and the U.S.

Saturday and Sunday workshops are available from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Dress to get dirty. To sign up for a shift go here or contact Jan Zorman, 216-321-5935, ext. 229.

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