Whole Tree Architecture AND MOSES in WI

  • February 27, 2009 · 7:00 AM
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Roald Gunderson is a Whole Tree Architect, a business man, family man, and a farmer, and probably hundreds of other things as well. I have been admiring his work for years. Roald uses whole trees as the structural framework of his designs. Whole trees have weight to strength ratio eaqual to that of steel in compression, and twice that of steel in tension!!! There is a wealth of information to whet your appetite on Roald Gunderson's website about whole trees themselves, and about how he utilizes their strength and grace in his buildings. On Roald's land, there are a number of sturctures and buildings built with whole tree architecture, insulated with straw bales not only in the walls but in the roof! Imagine the strength of those trees!!
We will tour these buildings with Roald, and get to know him a little bit as well. Dress for the occasion! The farm is in Stoddard Wisconsin, just south of LaCrosse. There is a direct Amtrack route to LaCrosse we could take, or we could carpool in a couple cars. That is 5 hours from Chicago by car.

In LaCrosse, that same weekend, there is a huge Organic Farming conference, one of the biggest in the country. Roald tells me that those that represent at this conference are the real deal people who have been right on the cutting edge of healthy foods for decades now. SOOOO....if you wanted to make a weekend out of it, Roald has offered to sleep people in the Interns' buildings on his land. (What? Interns building?! Yes, (Nadirah!) he has an internship program of some sort, and he is making THE most beautiful and interesting stuff in the midwest. I might apply for it when I learn more about it! Lets go hear what he has to say!)

When I asked Roald what compensation he would like, he answered either a couple hours of work or a nice donation. Lets give him both!

Please chime in about how you see this weekend shaking out, whether you would be interested in carpooling, taking the train, coming at all...any of these things.

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  • Anna W.

    thats so awesome jim! I want to hear more about it!
    Im so happy everyone got so much out of the trip up north. Very very very happy.

    March 5, 2009

  • jim h.

    Just prior to our meetup group gathering at Roald's, I had a short meeting with him to discuss designing an attached greenhouse for our stone house-he IS going to design a greenhouse for us! After the rest of the group arrived, we all thoroughly enjoyed a tour of the three buildings and a presentation from Roald on the whole tree building concept and the other natural techniques he has utilized in his designs. What a viable and sustainable natural building concept!

    March 4, 2009

  • kylie b.

    I didn't go to the MOSES event, but i hung out at Whole Tree Architecture's headquarters and it was unbelievable! i was sitting on a bench in their intern abode on Saturday sweltering in the 80 degree heat while it was below 20 degrees outside! There is only a wood stove inside the building and it wasn't even on! Roald and Amelia made pancakes for us on Sunday and i had greenhouse chard and kale for dessert! it was heaven.

    March 1, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone! Is there any room in a car going up to Gunderson's place on Friday? I want to go to the conference with anyone who's going - just need a ride. Peace

    February 25, 2009

  • Anna W.

    so those in russ' van, tina if you can, jim, kevin, do you think that 3pm on friday would be manageable? I think its a five hour trip from chicago.

    February 25, 2009

  • Anna W.

    hey yall, yes, friday is the day Roald can spend time with a group, and all other nights of moses you can crash there . I would like to collect info from all a yall to find out when you can be there and do so. I will give russ' busload the contact info for him for when your traveling etc.

    February 25, 2009

  • Martha

    Hi Folks! Most definitely want to be part of Roald's Workshop on friday and still riding with Russell? Kylie, I left you a voicemail..hope was helpful. Plan to stay at Gunderson's. Would like to contribute some and work some. Still undecided To Moses or not to Moses on Sat. Glad that we are going in any event. Love out to Anna for arranging all! Should somebody (Anna?) give Roald a call or email when we have the whole act together?

    February 25, 2009

  • kylie b.

    I would love to attend Gunderson's tour and spend the night in the intern building. i'm pretty sure i read from Anna that he can only meet with us on friday? don't have a car and would be interested in carpooling with anyone who is staying at Gunderson's place. i'm not planning on attending the MOSES event. I can work for my lodging.

    February 24, 2009

  • Anna W.

    TINA SAID: (abbreviated by anna)
    I am going up and am driving up on Wedneday to go to an all day workshop on thurs. I am planning on being at the conference friday and saturday but can bug out to do the tour for a couple of hours if it get's boring. Im not sure what time is good cause i haven't looked at the whole schedule for friday yet. If anyone wants to catch a ride with me a couple days early, i have room in my car. tina

    February 24, 2009

  • Anna W.

    Russell Said:
    I am most interested in being there friday We can spend the weekend or just a night. So I guess the earlier the better on friday I can fit at least 4 passengers plus gear. I live in the NW burbs so lts decide on a place to meet up

    February 24, 2009

  • Tina A.

    great...i am still going and i am going to the conference too. Im driving but im going up a day early (wed.) I can give a ride back to chicago in my subaru (haha) for up to 4 people, 3 more comfortably. I am willing to pay or work if time allows.

    February 20, 2009

  • Anna W.

    we dont need to go on friday, we could go saturday sunday if that works better, or even friday eve to sat/ sun. I just suggested friday so people could go to the moses thing...

    February 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to do that. So my interest level is HIGH!

    February 14, 2009

  • Anna W.

    Jamie Made an interesting request, she requested that we have a meetup to talk about what we saw and learned while in Stoddard. It might be nice to do that, and also have some of the participants give short presentations about themselves, their organizations or organizations they think we should all know about, hopes, directional prospects for the group, brainstorm future meetup activities, etc. Can I hear interest levels?
    xoxo anna

    February 14, 2009

  • Anna W.

    we could either go the 26th, 27th or 28th please chime in.

    January 10, 2009

  • Anna W.

    Yes ? No? Carpool ? AMTRAK?! I think Amtrak would be really fun! Im gonna go look up rates.

    January 10, 2009

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