Barbara is the founder of Straw Works , a consultant for Wellspring Architecture, and the principal of the School of Natural Building, which teaches self builders, architects and others the skills of straw bale building and lime and clay plastering. Barbara trained as a carpenter and joiner, and specialised in roofing until she discovered straw bale building in 1994; she is now one of the UK's leading straw bale building experts. She was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Construction in 2011.
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