Our summer Natural Building Intensive is past the half-way mark in the completion of the barn project at the Center for Whole Communities at Knoll Farm. Starting in mid-May, the students got an overview of natural building techniques, harvesting and milling wood, building foundations, timberframing, carpentry, electrical, and stone masonry. Now they're in the midst of the two week block of natural wall building, creating infill walls with straw bales, wood chip clay and slip straw. Then they'll continue next week with insulation and plasters and finishes, and wrap up with an intensive week to work on additional punchlist items before graduation on July 25th.
Two students have been keeping blogs to document the project, which you can check out for photos and more detailed descriptions--
Elizabeth Weiss has created AbsolutGreen (http://www.absolutgreen.blogspot.com/) with a good overview and photos
Ben Griffin is working on a more detailed description of the various stages, as part of his degree program at Burlington College (he's getting credit for this summer's program). The site: http://naturalbuild2008.blogspot.com/