My name is Janine Björnson and I am the owner and founder of clay, bones, and stones.
My company offers a variety of green ecological building services. I specialize in hand-made non-toxic natural wall finishes and work with straw bale, adobe floors, light straw clay, earth ovens and cob construction methods.
I began my career in natural building when I trained with Cob Cottage in 1996. Since then, I have taught over 100 workshops in Canada and the United States. I teach the various natural building modalities listed above, as well as 'Woodshop for Women' at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.
My passion for building with natural materials bloomed out of my love for the earth, in conjunction with my concern for diminishing ecological resources and toxic buildings. As a result of this, I have devoted the last 23 years to immersing myself in the world of natural materials and the knowledge of how we can shape dwellings that are healthy, healing, inspiring, and beautiful. I love to share this knowledge with others and I am told this is evident in my enthusiastic teaching style.
I have been a presenter at various Natural Building Colloquia. I have taught the hands-on natural building component of Dominican University, and New College of California's EcoDwelling programs. I am the natural materials cyber panellist for www.greenhomebuilding.com. I live and work in Northern California.