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My name is Andrew Morrison and welcome to my straw bale building site dedicated to anyone interested in building their own straw bale house. If you are brand new to straw bale or are a straw bale construction specialist there's something for you at StrawBale.com.
Click here if you are NEW TO STRAW BALE BUILDING and want to know the basics about straw bale construction.
I have a ton of information for you including: photo gallery, step-by-step instructional videos, information about straw bale workshops around the world, free straw bale articles, free straw bale social network, and a full straw bale building blog.
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Susan is the energetic, fun, and charismatic host of the Butler, MO workshop coming up May 5-11. Raised on a farm in Iowa, she grew up surrounded by animals, home crafting and that good, wholesome attitude that comes from living in connection with nature.
As life would have it, a series of events and a college degree led her to a computer programming job in a city. Her residences turned into apartments and she immersed herself into the lifestyle that comes from living in a metropolitan area. Years passed in this manner until her country girl spirit began to emerge again. Her daydreams of chickens, growing her own food, and being self sufficient became so loud that a drastic lifestyle change emerged. She bought land in Missouri and has been busy homesteading it since.
Evident in her ‘can do’ attitude, Susan is an independent woman reconnecting with her love and passion for living off the land once again. Her days are now filled with the day to day care of her pig, goats, chickens, dogs, cat, guinea hens, home crafting, building her dream forever home, and enjoying the sounds of silence in her newly reconnected life.
She has a great list of suggestions/advice for anyone wanting to homestead (in her own words):
• DO IT! Even if you live in town, there are things you can start doing to prepare. I’m guilty of just jumping into things head first, but good planning is your friend. Read the rest or post a comment »
Just a quick update to let you know where each workshop stands for 2014. If you are interested in attending any particular location, please be sure to make your plans soon as things are really starting to fill up.
More than 3/4 Full
More Than 2/3 Full
More Than Half Full
Less Than Half Full
For those of you who support the important work of protecting the Earth, this is a subject close to home for me. The bakery that is mentioned in the video is a friend of ours. The people in this video are the people of our community here in Southern Oregon. The acres that are being clear cut are here, in OUR community. I hope you will be inspired by the humanity of this video and do what you can to help maintain balance on the acres in question.
Thanks for your support.
Not everyone wants square walls in their house. Some people like round walls, others prefer angular walls. In this post, I give you a simple way to create angular walls in your straw bale home. As always, there are several ways to achieve any one goal, and I’m sharing my favorite way to create the angular walls, not the only way.
Now that our 2014 workshop schedule is up and running, it’s time to start looking ahead for hosts for the 2015 workshop season. If you are interested in hosting in 2015 and haven’t sent in an application yet, this is a great time to get yours in.
To find out more about the hosting process, please click here. If you are ready to make a formal application, please fill out the questions on the bottom of the hosting page on that link and email them to email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing about your project!
Did you know that there is an International Straw Bale Registry? Just a quick note to remind those of you who have built a straw bale house to register that home with the Straw Bale Registry. This is a great resource for people who are considering building and are looking for local contacts in their area to connect with. Please consider sharing your experience with the next person to help simplify the process and grow the exposure of straw bale construction around the world.
This is a great resource for those of you looking to build as well so be sure to reach out to those already registered on the list in your area. Click here to check it out today.
Water is enemy number 1 in straw bale construction. The good news is that with proper design and construction details, your straw bale house will stay dry and moisture issue free. The key to installing plumbing in a bale house is to create ‘water isolation walls’. I describe how to do this in the latest Straw Bale Minute. You can access it by clicking on the video link below:
Many of you will remember the publication The Last Straw and may have spent many hours reading through the informative articles over the years. Some of you may have never heard of it because it has been “on sabbatical” for some time. The good news is that it is coming back. Please take a few minutes to read the information below from the new editor, Jeff Rupert.
Update on Issue #62 and Our Funding Campaign
Here at TLS we are working feverishly to get Issue #62 out. If you are a subscriber, expect to receive it around the beginning of February. Many of the articles are already up on our website and are accessible to current subscribers.
To re-start The Last Straw we knew it would require more resources than we would collect through subscriptions alone. That is why we have always planned to ask for donations. This is your chance to support us and ensure we will continue delivering your favorite natural building journal.
Here in the US (and in many other countries), straw bale construction is pretty widely accepted. There are supporting building codes, resources and products sold in English. But this is not the reality in many countries around the world and it is up to highly motivated, passionate folks like our friends Maria and Grzegorz to pound the pavement and get the word out there.
Grzegorz and Maria have done an awesome job of getting the word out in Romania and now are asking for support in the form of an IndieGoGo campaign. They are raising money to be able to go to one of the largest building expos in Romania where they can get information about straw bale construction in front of a huge amount of people. We hope you will support them reach their goal and take a step towards making Romania one of the hot spots for straw bale construction.
To visit their campaign, please click HERE
Oh I love the time of month when we notify the winner of our FREE straw bale workshop drawing! I always feel a little like one of Santa’s helpers and get a warm fuzzy feeling when I read how happy and appreciative the winners are. This month’s winner is Ryan….congratulations Ryan! We are super excited you’ll be joining us at the Vernonia, OR workshop! World, meet Ryan:
I am 35 years young. I am a novice herbalist. I practice yoga. I spend time in nature amongst the trees, plants, mushrooms, and creatures. I adore making herbal medicines for my friends and family – stirring, pouring, chopping, shaking, garbling, and giving thanks.
My husband Michael and I spent eight months in 2013 traveling through Ecuador, Peru and across the United States. Our journey was wild; ambitious; memorable; daunting at times, and unbelievablyrewarding at others. Our adventures were filled with long bus rides and even larger backpacks. We slept in tents; hostels; and huts, hiked through forests; mountains; and jungles, met and traveled with amazing people, learnt, unravelled, were vulnerable.
Why straw bale? I have spent time in two of the most amazing straw bale spaces. The natural energy of the space resonates with me. The affordability of constructing a straw bale home resonates with me. I tend to be quite non-committable. The idea of buying land or a house frightens me because it means I will have to stay put. But, straw bale is always whispering in my ear. Maybe I am finally ready to commit. I can’t wait to learn. Green blessings and much peace, Ryan O’Connor Wolik. Please visit my man Michael’s website: http://www.mfwolik.com/