Light Straw Clay Blocks
October 22 and 23 made sample light straw clay blocks with Noda-san and Jinnouchi-san in Higashikawa, Hokkaido. Noda-san is a professional plasterer from Urakawa, Hokkaido. Jinnouchi-san built and lives in a straw bale home and directs a forestry NPO call MoriNet Hokkaido. Last spring, the three of us renovated Cafe Bura Bura in Urakawa, Hokkaido using straw bales and earthen plasters. We're trying to develop a natural insulation consisting of local materials for a model ecological home planned to be built next year. Hanamoto Construction Company supplied the materials and space to produce and dry the blocks.