The best part about Light Straw Clay is that building with it is like throwing a big party. Portland's first permitted Light Straw Clay project in inner Southeast Portland was built last month during a huge three-day building party led by natural builders June Bonnheim, Wolfgang Kahler, Frances Michaelson and Joseph Becker.
It was a simple process of making clay slip, mixing straw with it in this giant mixer built by Joseph Becker, and then hand-tamping it into the Larsen trusses. It's a wonderful and easy-to-implement process that is perfect for community builds.
The community Light Straw Clay install was for a garage conversion into living space. Communitecture is the architect that designed and permitted the project and Steve West is the contractor that installed all of the components that allowed for the easy community installation of the Light Straw Clay, such as the Larsen Trusses, the plywood sheathing, and the vent holes I mentioned in my earlier post about this project.
Check out the photos from the building party. Photos by Amit Ziman.