The First Straw

Designing with the Bale in mind.  £45.00

An essential preparation course for strawbale design whether you’re a self builder or an architect/designer. On this course you will:

  • Understand why it’s important to begin with the bale not the designTechnical Details
  • Learn how to identify good bales for building, where to find them and how to work with them.
  • Learn how to draw up bale plans and designs.
  • Learn the effect of customising and dressing bales
  • Understand the implications of post location for framework buildings
  • Hear about the fascinating development of strawbale building.

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Venues Dates
Tottenham, London Friday  30 November 2018


All courses begin at 10 am and end at 4 pm. Please bring your own lunch. Tea & coffee provided. A pen and notebook will be useful.

If you have any questions, please email 

Feedback from people who attended a recent ‘First Straw’ Course

‘Thanks for an amazing workshop – truly inspirational. I can’t wait to build something!’

‘Thank you so much for the First Straw. I found the course totally inspiring and really accessible (clear and to the point).’ (Marie)

‘I thought the course was totally incredible. I have done a few workshops in my time but this was one of the best and FULL of fantastic information and passion. It is clear that Barbara is an expert in the field. I would love to work with her one day in the future.’ (Sophie)

‘The course was great – covering a lot of ground, flexible too, and inspirational!’ (Richard)