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Home Building Schools
of North America
Stone masonry, strawbale, cordwood, cob, rammed earth,
papercrete, timber frame and more!

      Want to build your own house? Take a hands-on class to learn stone masonry, strawbale, cordwood, cob, rammed earth, papercrete, timber frame and more! This directory of schools can help point you in the right direction. We are unable to verify the qualifications or competence of the schools listed in this directory, and a listing here does not constitute any kind of endorsement. Please research the schools and services being offered before signing up for classes or other events.

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Arizona

Living In Paper
(papercrete construction)
50857 West Peters and Nail Road
Maricopa, AZ 85139
480-560-9563
Masonry Heater Association of North America
(masonry heaters / Russian fireplaces)
2180 S. Flying Q Lane
Tucson, AZ 85713
520-883-0191
execdir@mha-net.org

California

Cal-Earth
California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture
(earthbag & superadobe constructon)
10177 Baldy Lane
Hesperia, CA 92345
760-956-7533
Cruzin' Cob
Claudine Desiree
(cob construction)
203 Blackburn Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-419-8017
claudinedesiree@gmail.com
Living Earth Structures
Miguel Eliot
(cob construction)
650 High Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707-320-3609
The Chrysalis Institute
(papercrete, cob, sustainable living)
P.O. Box 1633
Mariposa, CA 95338
209-742-4596
mailbox@thechrysalisinstitute.org
Seven Generations Natural Builders
(cob, straw bale, natural plasters, wood working, permaculture design.)
2436 Sacada Circle, Suite A
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Emerald Earth Sanctuary
(papercrete, cob, sustainable living)
P.O. Box 764
Boonville, CA 95415
707-972-3096
workshops@emeraldearth.org
Vertical Clay
(cob, slip-straw, wattle and daub, earth bag, earthen plasters, earthen floors)
East Bay, CA
sasha@sgnb.com
Real Goods Solar Living Institute
(solar power, strawbale, greywater, permaculture and more)
PO Box 836
13771 S Hwy 101
Hopland, CA 95449
707-472-2450
Wild Earth Builders
(cob, earthen floors, natural plaster, mass heaters)
N. California Office, Shasta Area
541-743-6042
S. California Office, LA Area
805-312-2002
Natural Living School Inc.
(solar power, strawbale, greywater, permaculture and more)
14618 Tyler Foote Rd. #211
Nevada City CA 95959
530-268-5255
Concrete Exchange
(concrete countertop workshops)
115 S. Colorado St.
Berkeley, CA
510-849-3272 ext. 217
training@chengconcrete.com
Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction
See also: Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction

Colorado

Colorado Straw Bale Association
(straw bale construction)
115 S. Colorado St.
Gunnison, CO 81230
970-497-9575
coloradostrawbale@yahoo.com
Geiger Research Institute
of Sustainable Building

(straw bale construction)
Crestone, Colorado 81131
strawhouses@yahoo.com
Ferrocement Educational Network
(concrete countertops, faux and laminated ferrocement)
Montrose, Colorado
970-240-3317
paul@ferrocement.net
SEI: Solar Energy International
(photovoltaic, solar, wind, microhydro)
520 S. Third St., Room 16
Carbondale, CO 81623
970-963-8855
sei@solarenergy.org
Rocky Mountain Workshops
(timber framing)
505 N. Grant Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Ph. 970-482-1366
peter@rockymountainworkshops.com
Slipform Stone Masonry DVD
See also: Slipform Stone Masonry DVD

Illinois

International Masonry Institute
(brick, block, concrete, tile, terrazzo, stucco)
800-464-0988
sconwell@imiweb.org
Concrete Countertop Supply by Fishstone
(concrete countertop workshops)
1760 Britannia Drive #6
Elgin, Illinois 60124
847-888-1920

Kentucky

HomeGrown HideAways
(earthbag, cob, sustainable living)
500 Floyd Branch Rd.
Berea, KY 40403
859-986-3478
DesignBuild@HomeGrownHideAways.org
Disputanta Cob
(cob construction, earthen floors)
Kentucky
606-256-8954
Pine Mountain Settlement School
(dry stone walls, sustainability internships)
36 Highway 510
Pine Mountain, KY 40810
606-558-3571

See also: Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction

Maine

Maine Wood Heat Co.
(masonry heaters)
8 Industrial Park Rd.
Skowhegan, ME 04976
Ph: 207-474-7465
info@mainewoodheat.com
Fox Maple School of Traditional Building
(timberframe construction)
P.O Box 249, Corn Hill Road
Brownfield, ME 04010
207-935-3720

Massachusetts

Heartwood School
(timber framing, wood working, concrete countertops)
Johnson Hill Road
Washington, MA 01223
413-623-6677
request@heartwoodschool.com
Build Your Own Masonry Fireplace DVD
See also: Build Your Own
Masonry Fireplace DVD

Michigan

Strawbale Studio
Deanne Bednar
(strawbale, thatching, earth plaster, earth oven, rocket stoves, round pole)
Oxford, MI
248-628-1887
ecoartdb@gmail.com
Slipform Stone Masonry DVD
See also: Slipform Stone Masonry DVD

Minnesota

Natural Space Domes
(timberframe construction)
37955 Bridge Road
North Branch, MN 55056
651-674-4292
nsd@naturalspacesdomes.com
Great Lakes School of Log Building
(log home construction)
1350 Snowshoe Trail
Isabella, MN 55607
218-365-2126
courses@schooloflogbuilding.com
North House Folk School
(yurt, masonry heater, rocket heater, cordwood)
P.O. Box 759
500 Highway 61 West
Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604
218-387-9762
info@northhouse.org
Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction
See also: Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction

Missouri

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
(numerous natural building methods)
1 Dancing Rabbit Lane
Rutledge, MO 63563
660-883-5511
dancingrabbit@ic.org
Build Your Own Masonry Fireplace DVD
See also: Build Your Own
Masonry Fireplace DVD

Montana

Green University® LLC
Thomas J. Elpel
(stone masonry, passive solar)
PO Box 697
Pony, MT 59747
E-mail Contact Page
Montana School of LogBuilding
Al Anderson
(log home construction)
11227 US Hwy. 287
Three Forks, MT 59752
406-285-3488
logworker@yahoo.com

Nebraska

The Last Straw
(strawbale construction)
2110 South 33rd
Lincoln NE 68506-6001
402-483-5135
thelaststraw@thelaststraw.org
Slipform Stone Masonry DVD
See also: Slipform Stone Masonry DVD

New Mexico

Landerland
Tom and Satomi Lander
(strawbale, earth plaster, earth floors)
62 Kingston Main Street
Hillsboro, NM 88042
575-895-5029
Tom@LanderLand.com
Earthship Biotecture
(earthship construction)
PO Box 1041
Taos, NM 87571
575-751-0462
academy@earthship.com
SWSA - Southwest SolarAdobe School
(adobe)
P.O. Box 153
Bosque, NM 87006 USA
Ph: 505-861-2287
adobebuilder@juno.com
New Mexico Solar Energy Association
(solar classes)
1009 Bradbury SE, #35
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505-246-0400
info@nmsea.org

New York

Earth Building School
(cordwood masonry, earth-sheltered housing, timber framing)
Rob Roy, Director
366 Murtagh Hill Road
West Chazy, NY 12992
518-493-7744
email: robandjaki(at)yahoo.com
Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction
See also: Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction

North Carolina

Earthen Endeavors Natural Building
(timber traming, cob, earthen plasters, wattle and daub)
Liz Johndrow
P O Box 813
Putney,VT 05346
naturalplasters@gmail.com
MudStrawLove
(strawbale, cob, earthbag, plastering)
60 Alabama Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
828-775-4823
Love Story Farm
(cob, plastering)
314 Lovers Lane
Rutherfordton NC 28139 USA
828-447-0047
lovestoryfarm@yahoo.com
Build Your Own Masonry Fireplace DVD
See also: Build Your Own
Masonry Fireplace DVD

Ohio

Blue Rock Station
(strawbale, earthship, green skill-building)
1190 Virginia Ridge Road
Philo, OH 43771
740-674-4300
Natural Cottage Project
(strawbale, cob, thatch, rocket stoves)
Cleveland, OH
440-221-6609
info@naturalcottageproject.com

Oregon

Groundworks
Becky Bee
(cob construction)
P.O. Box 121
Azalea, OR 97410
cobalot@hughes.net
Aprovecho Sustainability Education Center
(natural building and permaculture)
80574 Hazelton Road
Cottage Grove, OR 97424
541-942-8198
aprovecho.mail@gmail.com
Day One Design
Erica Ann
(timberframe, cob, strawbale, straw-clay, and earth plasters)
177 Knoop Lane
Eugene, OR 97404
Earthen Hand Natural Building
Scott Howard
(earthbag, wattle and daub, adobe, earthen paints)
Portland, Oregon
503-287-2442
scott@earthenhand.com
Claylin Earthen Floors
(Claylin Ready-Mix Earthen Floors)
503-957-6132
Cob Cottage Company
(cob construction)
PO Box 942
Coquille, OR 97423
541-396-1825
From These Hands, LLC
Sukita Crimmel
(adobe, earthen plasters, structures and floors)
Portland, OR
503-957-6132
House Alive!
(cob construction)
Jacksonville, OR
541-899-3751
welcome@housealive.org
Cob Together
(strawbale, earthship, green skill-building)
Ashland, OR
541-488-0916
info@cobtogether.com
Firespeaking
(masonry heaters, wood-fired ovens, natural building)
91040 Nelson Mountain Road
Deadwood, OR 97430
541-964-3536
503-333-9042
Straw Bale Workshops, LLC
Andrew & Gabrielle Morrison (strawbale construction)
PO Box 3145
Ashland, Oregon 97520
andrew@strawbaleworkshops.com
White Oak Farm & Education Center
(natural building)
PO Box 450
Williams, OR 97544
541-964-3536
info@whiteoakfarmcsa.org

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Renewable Energy
& Sustainable Living Festival

(timber traming, cob, earthen plasters, and lots more)
MAREA
P.O. Box 84
Kutztown, PA 19530
info@paenergyfest.com
Infinite Solar Training Facility
(photovoltaics)
2880 Comly Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Ph: 215-600-3767
info@infinite-solar.com
Down to Earth Design
(strawbale, adobe floors, lime plaster, cob ovens)
Sigi Koko
12 Forest Avenue
Ambler, PA 19002
sigikoko@buildnaturally.com
Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction
See also: Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction

Tennessee

Artisan Builders Collective
(timber traming, cob, earthen plasters, and lots more)
BarefootBuilder
Christina Ott
(strawbale, cob, earthbag, plastering)
178 Birdsong Trail
Woodbury, TN 37190
850-982-2597
info@barefootbuilder.com
Grand Oaks Timber Framing
(timber framing workshops)
230B Tyson Ave, Suite 114
Paris, TN 38242
Ph. 731-707-0742
scott@grandoakstimberframing.com
Slipform Stone Masonry DVD
See also: Slipform Stone Masonry DVD

Texas

Earthbag House
Bill Stone and Thea Bryant
(earthbag, earthen plasters)
1212 E. 10th St.
Austin, TX, 78702
512-576-3483
austinearthbag@gmail.com
Texas Natural Builders
David Reed
(pallet houses, cob, strawbale, cobwood)
713-454-9532
Design Build Live
(natural building and sustainable living)
PO Box 49381
Austin, TX, 78765
512-478-9033
Monolithic
(monolithic dome workshops)
177 Dome Park Place
Italy, TX 76651
Ph: 972-483-7423
email@monolithic.com

Utah

Community Rebuilds
(strawbale construction)
548 Locust Lane
Moab, UT 84532
435-260-0501
info@communityrebuilds.org
Build Your Own Masonry Fireplace DVD
See also: Build Your Own
Masonry Fireplace DVD

Vermont

Yestermorrow Design/Build
Scott Clay
(Sustainable building and design, accredited courses)
7865 Main Street
Waitsfield, VT 05673
802-496-5545
Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction
See also: Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction

Washington

Log Home Builder's Association
(log home construction)
14241 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd #335
Woodinville WA 98072
360-794-4469
info@buildloghomes.org
Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction
See also: Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction

Wisconsin

MREA - Midwest Renewable Energy Assn.
(photovoltaics, solar, wind)
7558 Deer Rd.
Custer, WI 54423
715-592-6595
Slipform Stone Masonry DVD
See also: Slipform Stone Masonry DVD


CANADA

British Columbia

SIREWALL
Keenan Turner
(stabilized insulated rammed earth)
212 Cusheon Lake Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2B9 Canada
778-960-0580
Dirt Craft
(cob, earthen plasters)
403-700-2629
Earthen Built
Kata Polano & North Cowichan
(cob, strawbale, cordwood, adobe, and lots more)
060 Mt. Sicker Road
Chemainus, B.C. V0R 1K4
250-709-2747
earthenbuilt@gmail.com
O.U.R. Ecovillage
(permaculture, sustainable food production and building)
P.O. Box 530
1565 Baldy Mountain Road
Shawnigan Lake, B.C. Canada V0R 2W0
250-743-3067
info@ourecovillage.org
Cob Works
(cob construction)
Mayne Island, BC, Canada
Kootenay Stone Masonry Training School
(stone masonry)
111 Emerald Road
P.O. Box 486
Salmo, BC V0G-1Z0
250-357-9515
school@naturalstonesite.com
Mud Girls
(cob construction)
Nanaimo, BC V9R 2M9
250-753-7117
mud.girls.cob@gmail.com
Island School of Building Arts
(timber frame, Rumford fireplace, log building)
3199 Coast Road
Gabriola Island, BC VOR 1X7
250-247-8922
info@logandtimberschool.com

Ontario

Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition
(strawbale, slip straw)
517 Sherbrooke
St.Peterborough, ON K9H 1A1
877-872-9225
info@osbbc.ca
Natural Building Institute of Ontario
(cordwood masonry, cob)
386 Bidwell Road
RR #1 Manitowaning, ON P0P 1N0 Canada
705-859-2820
gino.cacciotti@gmail.com
The Endeavour Centre
(sustainable building, straw bale building, earthen building, natural finishes, hempcrete, and more)
Chris Magwood & Friends
Peterborough, ON K9J 2P2
705-868-5328
Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction
See also: Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale Construction


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