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    Barbara Jones is director of Straw Works (formerly Amazonails). Based in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, Straw Works have been involved in some capacity with more than 300 buildings in the UK and Europe, ranging from tiny garden buildings to the UK’s largest straw bale building to date. They have experience of every step in the building process from conception, through planning, design, mentoring, building, training and the ultimate delivery of a finished building. They offer a complete design service from initial idea through planning drawings, Building Regulation submissions and construction drawings suitable for self-builders.

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    An exciting opportunity to develop a natural building design company

    Barbara Jones 13-Dec-2018

    Leading straw-bale builder Barbara Jones shares news of an exciting opportunity to develop a growing design company in the natural building world. The author of Building with Straw Bales and star of our straw-bale building online course tells us more from here. Read more

    Can you help Barbara Jones and Straw Works set up a National Skills Centre?

    Barbara Jones 24-Feb-2017

    Barbara Jones of Straw Works / School of Natural Building is the country’s top straw-bale builder. She is the author of Building with Straw Bales, and is the star of our straw-bale building online course. Read more

    Why cement should never be used with natural buildings

    Barbara Jones 10-Feb-2016

    I am often asked to help with other people’s designs, but one of my principles is never to design with cement. Not everyone knows this about me, and I was recently asked what my general experience was with stem walls made of concrete Read more

    There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

    The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

    We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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