A centralized location where forest restoration byproducts can be brought, processed and made available to the public, the NBAIC will be developed as a HUB for knowledge sharing and innovating round wood timber frame design and engineering, natural housing techniques, and biomass product development; serving general contractors, natural home builders, innovators including students & interns, wood workers and more.

Natural Building Arts & Innovation Center

Pumice-crete slab developed and engineered by FRG partner Polecraft Solutions, seen here in their round pole timber frame workshop

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NBAIC has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the West Business Development Center’s $10,000 Start-up Mendo competition!

FRG’s Natural Building Arts and Innovation Center has been chosen as a semi-finalist from over 80 submissions for the West Business Development Center’s $10,000 Start-Up Mendo competition which happens on August 5 in Fort Bragg. Once judges choose finalist, West BDC will throw an open-to-the-public gala event where five finalists will give there pitch to win by public vote for the $10,000 prize. Come and cast your vote!!

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 3:00 - 7:00 PM | Mendocino College Theater1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA, 95482

Purchase Tickets HERE

Your $10 ticket for this August 25 gala event includes family friendly entertainment, delicious local refreshments, wine, beer, and the lightning presentations by five amazing entrepreneurs vying for YOUR VOTE to win the $10,000 grand prize. Ticket sales go toward great initiatives like this where you have a say in the kind of businesses you want to see developed in Mendo County.

To learn more about the Natural Building Arts & Innovation Center and how FRG will use this money if awarded read our proposal submission here.

 
 
 

More on the Natural Building Arts & Innovation Center coming soon!

 
Eric, of Polecraft Solutions at work on the Lucas mill.  Image credit: Colin Gillespie

Eric, of Polecraft Solutions at work on the Lucas mill. Image credit: Colin Gillespie

Architectural CAD drawing of a round pole barn.  Image credit: Eric Lassotovitch

Architectural CAD drawing of a round pole barn. Image credit: Eric Lassotovitch

 
Saltbox small diameter pole timber frame design. The basic framing for completed home pictured below.  Image credit: Eric Lossotovitch.

Saltbox small diameter pole timber frame design. The basic framing for completed home pictured below. Image credit: Eric Lossotovitch.

Small pole timber frame engineer stamped saltbox timber frame raising. Designed and developed by FRG members Eric Lassotovitch and Colin Gillespi.  Image credit: Kyra Rice

Small pole timber frame engineer stamped saltbox timber frame raising. Designed and developed by FRG members Eric Lassotovitch and Colin Gillespi. Image credit: Kyra Rice

Cob infill with natural fire resistant clay plaster glazing surround small diameter pole timber framing. Designed, engineered and built by FRG members Colin Gillespi and Eric Lassotovitch, and friends.  Image credit: Colin Gilespi

Cob infill with natural fire resistant clay plaster glazing surround small diameter pole timber framing. Designed, engineered and built by FRG members Colin Gillespi and Eric Lassotovitch, and friends. Image credit: Colin Gilespi

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Help FRG develop and build our Natural Building Arts and Innovation Center to educate a new generation of small diameter pole builders.