Projects & Work Trade

dscf9958         PROGRAM OPTIONS

3 Program Options at Strawbale Studio, outside Oxford, Michigan, USA:  
Intern,  1/2 Pay Worktrade,  Wwoofer. All 3 Programs include room & board, classes & materials, plus sharing of household activities such as cooking & cleaning.

  • Internship  = Focus on the Projects.   $950 or $850 prepaid 1 month in advance.
  • 1/2 Pay Worktrade = 10 hours Worktrade per week toward upkeep (office, grounds, gardens, based on participants skills & needs of Strawbale Studio).  The rest of the time, participate in the Internship & all classes.    Cost per month: $475 or $425 prepaid 1 month in advance.
  • Wwoofer = 20 hours Worktrade per week toward maintenance of gardens, grounds, office.  The rest of the time participate in the Internship & all classes. No money exchanged.


Shaving logs Natural Cottage Project 2015, Burton, Ohio         WORK -TRADE 2017  

  • Office –  Data Entry – names & contact information to a Main List. Publicity, email & phone messages.
  • Grounds –  wood harvesting, cutting, splitting.  Mowing / scything lawns.
  • Beauty & Order around Red Shed, Kids Cottage, Hobbit Sauna, Open Pole Barn.
  • Fix It / Make It – Chairs in Red shed and Strawbale studio. More wood Storage in Red Shed. Close in hole in Red Shed roof. Garden Cart bicycle wheel and floor replacement.
  • Insta Cob – A product we make to sell; bags of earthen Cob mix with project ideas.
  • Gardens – prepare, maintain gardens and permaculture areas. Hops plant replaces bittersweet on Courtyard Arbor.

DSCF3970        PROJECTS 2017

  • Strawbale Studio – Finish Floor, Oil on Benches, Oil logs,  Restore surfaces: Earth Plaster on exterior, details on interior. Fix interior roof.  Finish lower earthen floor. Decide what to do with the Compost Furnace system. Contact Derek at WMU.
  • Hobbit Sauna – Exterior: Finish Living Roof details, finish Earth Plasters and sculptures, Earth Floors, Wood Rounds Floor, make wooden benches for sauna, wooden door. Frame in all windows & openings.
  • Identity Cabin – Strawbale & Hybrid Wall Systems, Shake Roof on East, Window Wall on South – find, buy, frame, seal windows. Flooring – replace as needed.  Screens – door and roll-up side walls on East Porch.  Possible: Loft, Ladder, Band Shell from paper mache.
  • Kids Cabin – Rocket Stove Mass Heater – complete construction of combustion unit, bench, and exhaust pipes.  Insulate exterior pipe. Finish Plasters, Earthen Floor & floor insulation.Site Drainage & Beauty.  Stone Wall- finish stonework & insulation. Install new windows made by Gene.
  • Spiral Chamber: Jack up E side – repair foundation, fix plasters as necessary.  Re-grade for water flow away from building.
  • Gardens –  Agro Forest areas – mulch & label Permaculture Plants.  Hay Bale Gardening – get bale, place & plant them in North Garden.   Green House – add compost, plant.  Possibly Ginger, Tumeric,  other TBD.  Plan Winter Greenhouse –  plants & schedule.   Option for Aug / Sept – a workshop on Winter Greenhouses with Jared. 
  • Design Charettes for West Wing Loft and Wood heat to main house.
  • Compost Furnace System –  dismantle exterior parts. Tarp the pile, create a garden with the soil. Explore what to do with antifreeze and interior pump area.
  • Woodshed – Finish living roof details & add support posts.
  • Hops Trellis – add beautiful forages poles for support, bench construction.
  • A-Frame Woodshed by SBS – finish Thatching.

Archived 2016 Projects


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