pondelok, 16. augusta 2010

1st day

Our first workshop day started with a 3 hour lecture given by Gernot Minke. Subject: Earthen, strawbale buildings and green roofs.

Minke at his lecture

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and all the spectators:

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Great to have a covered area for cutting the bales - right side: straw bales, left side: ready cut "building blocks"

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Straw bale logistics are not so easy! Exact angle of cut and amount and length of bale is important

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Straw bales marked with tape

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The custom made cutting machine. Cutting produces a lot of cut straw that needs to be taken care of. Straw bales do not burn easily when baled, but loose straw can be dangerous.

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Edges and ends of the straw bale are trimmed with an "Alligator" - very handy machine...

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Moving the loose straw in big bags to the building site

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to make a path trough the mud after another strong rainfall:

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Sharpening wooden nails that will fix the bales to the OSB bottom plate:

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The rotational guide needs foundations. Because of the height of the existing guide, the floor had to be dug up to place the guide in the right height. Bad feeling digging up what we had just finished... :-)

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Ready installed rotational guide waiting for the concrete to cure.

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After the first half day of work a well earned break!

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