This week I am with Andrew Morrison of Strawbale.com in Orangevale, California at a week long straw bale workshop at Common Kettle Farm. I will be giving you daily updates of our progress as we learn and progress on this timber frame straw bale barn.
Though not tiny this “barn” has a 600 square foot footprint. It is officially a barn for zoning and will be used as a workshop on the bottom floor and as a guest house, office on the second floor.
Today, we started the day out introducing ourselves and getting to know each other. Then Andrew spent a few hours explaining the construction process. We actually got done with the discussion part earlier than usual so we spend the rest of the afternoon doing some construction.
As you can see most of the framing has been completed and the roof is almost done. We are preparing the interior for the straw bales. Today we put in the 4 x 4 spacers and nailers that the straw bales will sit on. Andrew also taught us the millers knot that we will use tomorrow to get the bales the correct size to fit into the walls.
Below are a few photos from the day. To learn more about Andrew’s workshops Click Here.