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Loadbearing Strawbale Building
These are pictures of a workshop/course I helped Simon pratt to teach, to build a strawbale building in the shape of a fish, in a very small back yard in Oxford, started with a group of volunteers in April 2003, and during a second workshop I led on Lime rendering in June 2003 and then finished by Viv and her team
Sincere thanks to Adrian Windisch for the photo's

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A foundation had already been made using old car tyres rammed with earth and type 1 roadstone.

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Stuffing the roofplate(RBA) with straw and glueing and screwing the lids on.

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Up to three courses in position.

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Now it's time to position the door.

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Simon Pratt was the other workshop leader on this build, here he is demonstrating the technical process of curving bales!

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The owner Vivien, making sure all is correct and that everyone is happy.

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Nearly all bales in position, almost ready for a haircut.

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Next job was to erect the reciprocal(self supporting) roofs thirteen main members.

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The positioning of the 13 reciprocal roof beams was very tricky and took some sussing out.

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A view from inside showing the lovely reciprocal roof.

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This picture is taken from the bedroom, you can just make out the buildings fish shape.

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A cob mix was made to fill any holes and gaps, Viv used her feet for the job of mixing, more fun than a shovel!

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The scratch coat being applied with rubber gloved hands, lovely.

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Scratch coat on the inside, with cobbed areas clearly visible, check out the limefreak in pink n shades!

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The last wall is nearly finished, Many hands make light work.

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Scratch coat finished.

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This is how the inside looks now it's had it's final coat of render.

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Another shot of that roof now finished from the inside, with central rooflight.

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The outside of the roof is covered with waterproof membrane then insulation, a good place to sunbathe says Viv.

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Sods of turf are layed all over to create a living roof, also some cobbing to smooth out the dips ready for more lime render.

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