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I am delighted to announce we are working with Brian Waite, designer of ‘strawbalehouse‘, on making this fantastic cruck frame design available to those who would like to build it. Every now and again a building design really catches your eye and imagination – and Brian’s design is as functional as it is good looking.  It’s […]

Casein versus Cascamite – a post you’ll be glued to!

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When straw bale building, one inevitably ends up with lots of wood that needs both gluing and nailing together. But what glue should a natural builder use? Where there is a need for exterior grade glue and certainty that the fix will not be compromised over time, the current glue you frequently see being used […]

Self-build discussed on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed

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There was an interesting piece about self-build recently on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed programme.  You can access it on the BBC website here – it’s on for about the first 10 minutes. Host Laurie Taylor and guest Michaela Benson discuss the motivations and experiences of UK self-builders that she has gathered in her research.  She discusses […]

Spring and Summer 2016 Course Dates Released!

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Our spring and summer 2016 course dates are now available!  Check out the training page for course dates and bookings. We start off with our ‘May of Clay’.  On each of the two bank holiday weekends we’ll be holding a 3-day course in clay plastering for beginners, all food and camping included. Then again, all-inclusive, […]

A glimpse into the mind of a straw bale builder…

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When I was young I wanted to do a lot of different things, but the core ambition was always to do something that would help our environment, not make it worse. To find and promote ways to ‘live lightly’ and co-exist with the rest of nature – the lack of which, for all the positives […]

Shaftesbury Build and Training Course

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I’ve been busy this month working with all the wonderful folk at Bittles Brook Farm in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, in preparation for the building and training course we are running there in a couple of weeks. I’ve come to know the farm through Jonathan Davies, who is a recently graduated Master of Architecture, educated in Australia, […]

Building With Straw Bales Course – Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Course: Building With Straw Bales Date: Wednesday 16th – Sunday 20th September 2015 Cost: £350.00 (£280 for full time students and unwaged) Bookings: Please email to check availability and book your place I am delighted to say we will be running a straw bale building course at Bittles Brook Farm, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 9NX. This small […]

We are a Living Wage Employer

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I am delighted to say that Huff and Puff Construction is now an accredited Living Wage employer! You can read all about the Living Wage on the website here – and you can find us listed on this page. Paying employees a living wage makes sound business sense and, as an ethical business, this was […]

Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2014 – see us there!

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We are delighted to be exhibiting at the Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2014 (close to Sturminster Newton in Dorset, UK) on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August. Look for us in the demonstration area where we will be demonstrating how to build with straw bales. This is a wonderful show, full of all sorts of […]

This week we have been mostly digging holes…

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Week four of the Sherborne build and the first week of young people and Youth Centre staff helping on the site.  The main focus this week has been digging the holes for the car tyre piers. We needed 11 holes in total and, as mentioned previously, the clayey and rocky soil had been baked rock […]