Waldorf seeks help with `bale raising’ | AspenTimes.com

Waldorf seeks help with `bale raising’

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork is inviting volunteers from throughout the valley to help raise the walls of the third straw-bale building on its campus Saturday and Sunday.

The school, located one-half mile upvalley from Catherine Store on old Highway 82, is building a 3,260-square-foot early childhood center.

Volunteers would give a much-needed hand to the school as well as get a great chance to learn about super-efficient construction, said Bob Schultz, a member of the school’s board of directors.

Schultz said there is an ever-increasing amount of straw-bale building occurring in the valley. Many people learned about the special construction by helping with previous wall raisings or checking out the completed buildings.

The Waldorf School built the largest straw-bale building in the country in 1997 when it constructed a 5,750-square-foot structure housing five classrooms and an office. It soon followed up with a 2,100-square-foot building with two classrooms.

The only improvement in this next structure will be bamboo floors. Bamboo is a great replacement for wood products because it is a annual-growing, renewable resource, said Schultz. In addition, bamboo effectively baffles sound.

Volunteers should bring gloves and wear long sleeves and pants. All tools and instruction will be provided by the school.

Instruction and stretching will begin at 9 a.m. The crew will work until 4 p.m. each day.

The previous bale raisings attracted more than 100 volunteers and received local, regional and even national media coverage.

For more information on the event, call Jeff Dickinson at 963-1960 or Bob Schultz at 963-3670.

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