Strawbale Building Course, Studio 3 Arts London

A 5-day strawbale building course in East London. This course will be to build the straw bale walls of a large artist’s studio. The studio is part of Studio 3 Arts’ new multipurpose performance and community space. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a creative community project.

The course will cover practical aspects of strawbale building including how to dress and customise bales, notching, loadbearing and infill techniques, compression of the wall, and much more.

Salli Gosling will be your trainer. Salli is a Graduate of the School of Natural Building training programme and is also building her own strawbale house. She has been trained by Barbara Jones and Rae Parkinson. Salli will ensure course participants have a wonderful learning experience.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Course dates: 23 – 27 August 2021

Location: Barking, London

Cost: £325 for 5-day course. Refreshments included.

Times: We will work from 8:45 – 17:00 each day.

Food: Refreshments are included in the price but please bring your own lunch.

Accommodation: You will need to find your own accommodation.

To Book: Please email to confirm a place and send your payment as soon as possible as our courses fill up quickly and we operate on a first come first served basis. We will then send you further details.

Payment should be made by BACs as detailed here:

Nat West Bank

Sort Code: 60-09-27

Account Number: 79606113

Please use reference Studio 3


Or can be made by PayPal here:

Or can be made by cheque made payable to School of Natural Building and sent to:

Hollinroyd Farm, Todmorden, OL14 8RJ

The Bigger Picture!

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING WITH YOU (if you have them, we can provide them if not)

  • Stout steel toe-cap work boots – these are essential as this course is taking place on a regulated construction site.
  • Work clothes to keep you warm (and dry!)
  • Work gloves
  • Tape measure (important)
  • Lump hammer and claw hammer
  • Sharp knife e.g. Stanley knife (important)
  • Hand saw
  • Axe or bill hook
  • Paper and pencil
  • Water bottle
  • A pair of wrap round safety glasses


Power tools – if you have any of the following and it is easy for you to bring them, then please do;

  • Petrol hedge clippers
  • Alligator saw