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December 2011

New for this month:

»   February Plaster & Earthen Floors Workshops
»   Clay/Straw & Conventional Wall Comparison
»   Happy New Year from Paula & Robert

Learn the Art of Natural Plasters, Earthen Floors or Both!

Chris Koehn

Feb. 4-5, Plaster Workshop with Charlie Carruthers

Charlie is one of North America’s leading natural plasterers. He will bring his 30 years + of experience to Ashland teaching both interior and exterior plaster treatments for natural building.

Feb. 11-12, Earthen Floors with Sukita

Earthen floors are rapidly gaining popularity as a beautiful, natural, non-toxic flooring option. Modern earthen floor construction combines tradition and science, integrity and beauty.

Register for just one class or save 10% when you sign up for both!

View the 2012 Workshop Schedule

Comparison Study of Conventional vs. EcoNest Clay/Straw Walls

By Gretchen Leary & Melissa Anderson

Chris Koehn
EcoNest Clay Straw Wall

Gretchen and Melissa are both Master of Architecture students at the University of Oregon. The two created a thorough and concise comparison between conventional walls and EcoNest Clay/Straw walls from a cost/benefit analysis standpoint.

We are very impressed by their comparison and wanted to share it with you to educate friends, neighbors and clients on the differences between natural clay/straw and conventional walls.

View the EcoNest Wall Comparison

A New Year’s Message from Paula & Robert

Robert Laporte and Paula Baker Laporte

As 2011 comes to a close we are feeling particularly blessed. Our home and new EcoNest Headquarters in Ashland Oregon is in the final stages of construction.

By the end of March we will once again have a nest of our own where we can demonstrate the joy and comfort of life in a natural home!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our dear friends and colleagues old and new who have been so supportive through the last two years of uprooting and re-rooting.

We wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012!

With heartfelt blessings,
Paula Baker-Laporte FAIA & Robert Laporte,
EcoNest Founders