Come and learn more about straw bale building and help us with traditional techniques near Leuven, Belgium



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    Joris is a professional wood fired clay stove builder. An is a full time ceramic artist, making hand crafted pottery.

    We have build a straw bale house with the good help of lots of workawayers. We are living in the house now, the inside is totally finished. But we still need help for finishing the outside.

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  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There are a lot of skills and knowledge to be learned. We use old building techniques (clay plaster, lime plaster, clay finish, wood timber) combined with new techniques (rocket stove, air tightening, glass bottle wall, straw bale wall).

    These skills and the knowledge are not wide spread. We are passionate about these techniques and about sharing them. Making them a little bit better known.

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    The next big project is plastering the outside of the house and tidying the outside up. We would like to have helpers in April /May to work on it for a week or two. In July, august September we are also looking for help. This for applying the final layer of plaster and building a wooden terras and sun shelter. We are looking for helpers with some building experience and who can speak basic English.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Dutch, English, some french

  • Accommodation


    We have two lovely rooms with double beds in our straw bale house available for helpers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have some mountain bikes that can be used to explore the country side.

    The nice student town of Leuven is only 35 minutes away by bus, which is nice to see even if you don't really like cities. It has a really beautiful old city centre and there is a nice atmosphere.

    There is a direct bus-line to Leuven at 100m from our house.

    From Leuven you can easily reach Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent by train.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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