Corbels for the straw bale house

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Project by studie posted 12-12-2011 08:28 AM 3736 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While building this Straw Bale house here in Buckly Washington from the ground up I get to do some wood working art along the way. The owner wants to have things look old so as fine as I can make things they get distressed as well. Get out the grinder with a 60 grit sander and some sharp chisels to make things look old! Also the last pic shows how we turn cedar siding into “live edge” look using real live edge parts for patterns to cut the lower edge of the board for the live edge look. I am busy building the house but also soon to make the front door soon, rustic and old school for sure! The best and most fun job ever for me!!! Can a house be art? This one is!! Oh look at the first pic and see the Ipe splines at the 4×8 beam miter joint just behind the corbel brace.

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 09:17 AM

Looks like a lot of fun! I love strawbale, I hope one day to build one for myself. And yes some houses are definitely art. Can’t wait to see the pics when it’s done.

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#2 posted 12-12-2011 02:36 PM

This just looks like a lot of fun to build!

What’s the story behind the house?


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#3 posted 12-12-2011 05:03 PM

Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 05:04 PM

Please put up some pics of the house as you go along. Straw bale is something we’ve looked into several times.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 05:40 PM

I spotted those splines in a nanosecond. Awesome construction.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 04:52 AM

Thanks y’all! The owner is in her early 60s and grew up on a farm. She has had this dream for 25 years and has been collecting windows, fun wood parts from her dads shop, doors and old int. doors, also cabinet doors and such. We are using her uncles house near American lake WA as a model as he built a house in the 70s that looks like a 300 year old house from europe. We are making “live edge” siding by tracing real live edge samples to then cut with a jig saw at various angles which looks crazy cool. However takes some time to install. Rain screen fabric behind the siding as well for venting, should last a long time. This whole idea as about building green and energy conservation. Huge insulation and thermal brakes like 2” poly foam in the outside of the exterior walls where framed. The Straw bales are stacked in a running bond like bricks then concrete stucco outside then earthen plaster on the inside. There is hydro radiant heating under the slab with 4” foam under that. The building is post and beam with many strong wall or shear walls to hold it up. The bale walls have some shear value but not according to the building dept. All for now, thanks for the interest!!! If you want to see more look up my face book at scott ater, there are many pics with descriptions.

-- $tudie

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#7 posted 12-13-2011 06:15 AM

I have been wondering where your are? Now I know ;-)) Looks good. When will it be done?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 12-13-2011 06:21 AM

Looks sweet! Good job!

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#9 posted 12-13-2011 08:14 AM

Nice..Good lookin framing job..Keep rockin..

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#10 posted 12-13-2011 08:30 AM

We should have started in May, but now we are waiting on a emergency 300 gallon water tank for the sprinkler system before the next inspection so even if we had 40 degrees we cant move ahead with the stucco. But hey I look good what with making wood working parts. The siding I hope to post tomorrow and then next the FRONT DOOR YEA!

-- $tudie

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