Workshop Day 8 Homeward Bound

We have done our job here at Calingiri.  An excellent result all round and one of the best families that we have ever worked with on a straw bale building.  To all of the Woods thank you so much for the hospitality good times and hard work.  We are now in Perth on our way very early tomorrow for Ganmain via Sydney and Coolamon:

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Our Own Straw Bale Home

We believe that if you are going to be convincing in anything that you do then you should be convinced yourself.  That is why we live in our own straw bale house.  It is now 15 years since we brought straw bale building to Australia and for the past 12 years we have had the amazing benefits of living in a straw bale home made up of 7 pavilions.

Our own home filmed by Better Homes and Gardens in Ganmain this is where we live and we love our straw bale home.


Thank you Better Homes and Gardens and especially Johanna Griggs, ENJOY!



Welcome to all our web page visitors.


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Come see the Marriage Room part of our straw bale home in Ganmain. There are 14 different straw bale buildings here that make up our business and home.

Accommodation at the Royal Hotel in Ganmain.  Always a very popular workshop so book early and come join us the home workshops are always a lot of fun and many long term friendships have blossomed over these weekends.

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Come and get down and dirty learning earthen render and how to make an earthen floor apart from learning how to build in straw.




We receive several enquiries for custom workshops every month from all over Australia.  We have started setting dates for 2015.   So if you want Huff ‘n’ Puff Constructions to conduct a custom workshop to assist you in your building, then now is the time to contact us.  We have done so many of these workshops and below is an idea of what can be achieved over a 5 day custom workshop.

Our last workshop held at Beechworth went very well and here are some photos of what we did in the 5 days:

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Aldinga South Australia

The Aldinga workshop was a huge success and one of the very best that we have conducted.  Here are a few photos of the 5 day workshop in a great little eco village.

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Carngham in Victoria and here is the plan:

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Day 1 at Carngham Preparation for Workshop

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End of Carngham Workshop Total 8 days from slab to ready for roofing.

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One in Queensland at Canungra 3 Pavilions in 5 Days!

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Oxley in Victoria Amazing Result!

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Also Gympie in Queensland most enjoyable and successful.

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Gympie Roof On the week following the workshop!


We have now completed 156 Straw Bale Workshop around Australia a great way to get your straw bale house started!  Call us!

Day 7 in Western Australia


We have made excellent progress with the rendering and David and Jessie are working very hard on the pump.  One coat all round inside and outside today.  We also have a new supervisor in Big Max the Blue Healer Cattle dog pup.

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Progress in Western Australia

We have great progress at Calingiri with Josie our site manager in charge:

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With spasmodic Internet connection it  has been hard to get stories up every day on this building in Calingiri WA.  Here are the latest photos form a concrete slab 5 days ago to the start of the rendering on Day 5:

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Straw Bale Workshop # 157 in Western Australia

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We are on a farm at Calingiri in Western Australia building a straw bale office and accommodation for our clients Suzanne and Steve.  The Internet is almost non-existent where we are staying so I have limited access here to our web site.  Here are some photos of the progress to date and after 3 days from a slab we are close to getting all the walls up ready for compression today:

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Beechworth Workshop Day 5 END.

Back home safe and sound after a great workshop in Beechworth. Everyone did so well and worked hard but at the same time enjoyed the experience. We achieved a lot with this home in a short time.

Had some problems with teh render trying out Maudies’ Magical Mix on to the earthen render, did not work so back to all earth or all lime. I feel the clay is not compatible with the lime in this case.

Our thanks to Sarah and Michael our generous hosts and we wish them well with their future new straw bale home. As well thanks go to all the “students” who put a mighty effort in over the 5 days.

We had great food and wonderful companionship with like minded people. I did not have much time to take photos on the last day but here are a few.

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Moving fast today saw the electrician in with his rough penetrations.  Top plates covered and more render applied.

Progress and hard work.

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Beechworth Workshop Day 3

Another very busy but most enjoyable day and we started rendering today as well as completing the compression and achieved a 5 mm difference all round.  Also the square of the roof was within 5 mm.   Very tired tonight but here are some photos:

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Beechworth Workshop Day 2

Another great day in Beechworth. Beechworth Straw Bale workshop and Day 2 ends. Big progress and the North wall is now compressed and brush cut ready for rendering. Progress photos below:Workshop Day 2 02









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Aldinga House Update

Just received this photo on the Aldinga house that we worked on before Christmas good and steady progress here.

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Thank you Peter Chapman for the photograph.

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Our intrepid students all arrived just after a heavy storm.  However everyone got done to work making corner braces and filling the bottom plates with pea gravel.

It was a hot humid day and everyone got stuck into the workshop and we achieved a lot.  Some minor problems with a door out of plumb but we fixed that.  Next we felt that we would not get enough compression so we also fixed that.

All in all a very productive day.

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Sarah and Michael lay the first bale.

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