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Earthwood Techniques

September 1, 2014

$150 – $250

One Day. (In 2014: May 26 & September 1 in NY) Low-cost foundations and earth-sheltering methods used at the Earthwood house are emphasized, accenting surface bonded wall construction and plank-and-beam roofing. The five elements that affect load calculations are discussed. Alternative foundations, drainage and waterproofing, insulation, structural considerations and the masonry stove are all covered. An explanatory tour of the Earthwood house is included, as well as a step-by-step slide presentation documenting the construction of Earthwood from floating slab foundation to earth roof. Textbook: Earth-Sheltered Houses. This is a very full day, consisting of mostly classroom instruction. Like all of our workshops, sessions are punctuated by Jaki’s excellent coffee and tea breaks featured home-baked goodies, and her hearty vegetarian lunches. (In NY only. We provide coffee breaks and lunches at other workshops, too, but not Jaki’s.)

A detailed information package will be sent upon acceptance of your pre-registration form and payment.

Deposit: A 50% deposit is all that is needed to secure your space. The remainder can be paid at formal registration on the morning of the first day of your workshop.

Cancellations: Refunds of deposit will be made if we are notified at least three (3) full weeks in advance of the workshop, and are subject to a $40 cancellation fee. Please call 518-493-7744 (preferred) or 518-578-3102 (in an emergency) to cancel. Sorry, e-mail cancellations are not accepted.

How to Register

Registration for each workshop will be limited to the first 16 people. Payment: At least one half of the total workshop tuition must accompany the Pre-Registration application. The balance (if any) must be paid prior to the start of the workshop. Formal registration will take place at the classroom from 8:00 to 8:30 A.M. on the day of the workshop. A 50% deposit accompanying the Pre-Registration Form holds your place.

Cancellation refunds, less a $40 registration fee, will be made if you notify Rob or Jaki Roy at Earthwood Building School at least three (3) full weeks in advance of the workshop. Call 518-493-7744 for cancellations. Email cancellations are not accepted.

Included: Textbooks, Lunches, Gloves
Rob’s Cordwood Building: The State of the Art is included in tuition for all Cordwood Workshops; Rob’s new Earth-Sheltered Houses for the Earthwood Techniques (foundations and earth sheltering) workshops; and Timber Framing for the Rest of Us for the workshop of the same name. If you have already purchased the textbook from us, another book from our list of equal value may be substituted. Books are sent when you register, so that you can read them ahead of time, your homework assignment! One textbook is supplied per couple. A “couple,” for registration purposes, is defined as two people building together. At cordwood workshops, good quality rubber coated cloth gloves, excellent for cordwood masonry, are given to students at formal registration. Lunches are supplied for all workshop dates.

Information Package
Upon receiving your Pre-Registration Form we will acknowledgee your registration, and send an Info Package consisting of exact course schedules, and a detailed map. (Tuition does not include accommodation.) For off-site accommodation information use these links: campgrounds, B & B’s, and motels.

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September 1, 2014
$150 – $250
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Earthwood Building School


Earthwood Building School
366 Murtagh Hill Road
West Chazy, 12992 United States
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