Natural Building Extravaganza

A full-scale, hands-on, multi-dimensional, mud-slingin’ experience!

Eva will be teaching how to make a barrel oven, a cook stove and a wood-fired hot tub!

10 diverse projects and 10 world-renown instructors!
REGISTER SOON ———-> This program will fill!
One, two, or three week options are available.

Ashevillage Institute, Kleiwerks International, Firespeaking, The Natural Builders, MudStrawLove, Artisan Builders Collective, Aaron Maret Design Build Studio

April 24- May 14, 2011
Sunday, April 24: 7-10pm
Monday thru Friday, 10am-6pm
Wednesday evening presentations: 8-10pm
Saturday morning special programs, 10am-1pm
Saturday afternoons & Sundays: Break

Asheville, NC

The Natural Building Extravaganza offers a smorgasbord of learning opportunities with major movers’ n’ shakers of this muddy movement. More than 10 building projects to dive into — all about mud, straw, bamboo, timber, fire, and love! Gain direct, hands-on experience through small group natural building workshops, classes, field trips, slide shows, and more.

Outdoor kitchen • The barrel oven, a highly efficient wood-fired baking oven • Earthen cook stove • Wood-fired hot tub • Rumford fireplace • Earthen grotto • Adobe arches • Strawbale benches • Slipstraw knee walls • Cob niches •  Wattle & daub fence • Earthen courtyard • Relief, sculpture & embedded mosaic • Exterior & interior plasters • Clay-based paints • Bamboo “living” room & hanging garden • Timber-framing • Wall systems • Material selection • Passive solar design

Janell Kapoor, Kevin Rowell, Eva Rose Edleson, Steveo Brodmerkel, Mollie Curry, Steve Kemble, Chad ‘Fez’ Gaetz, Meka Bunch, Ira Friedrichs, Aaron Maret, and guests. Details on bottom half of this page.

Email Janell Kapoor at
(Please include ‘NB Extravaganza‘ in the subject line & remember to mention that you found out about the NBE through Firespeaking)

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Straw-Clay Retrofit at Planet Repair Institute

This year, during the Village Building Convergence 2010,
Eva led the installation of one of Portland’s first
residential straw-clay retrofit projects. 

In just a few days, with many hands, we filled walls that previously had no insulation.  The new insulation is estimated to have an R-Value of between R-1.6 and R-2 per inch. When finished, this “wall sandwich” will have an overall R-3o value, which definitely exceeds the requirements of current energy codes! This project is at the Planet Repair Institute (PRI),  nestled amongst many wonderful natural building and permaculture projects.  PRI is at the home of Mark Lakeman and is the birthplace of City Repair, the annual VBC project, as well as of Communitecture, the sustainable architecture & planning firm. Mark is working with natural builder Charity Li Montez to legalize straw-clay building in Portland, OR. (Update!  They did it! Check out this info from ATAC about permitting this technique…)

The photos show the project with a base coat plaster we applied once the straw-clay insulation had dried. We will be applying a beautiful finish coat in early Spring.  Stay tuned for updates! See more of what we did the second year here…