Talking Through Straw

Bale TalkIf you’ve ever tried to talk through a straw bale wall during construction, you’ll immediately see the value in this quick tip. For those of you who have not yet experienced attempting to share information across an 18″ thick wall of straw bales, I suspect you will understand the value in this tip as well.

As many of us may have heard over the years, in all walks of life: “keep it simple.” This idea, born at the Middletown, Rhode Island straw bale workshop by my new friend Tara, represents that mantra perfectly. On the site we had 31 participants all working in different areas of the home. As if it’s not hard enough to hear through 18″ of densely packed straw, we had chainsaws running, weed whackers flying, nail guns shooting and other additions to the soundscape hindering our ability to hear each other as we tried to straighten our walls. By placing a 1.5″ piece of PVC pipe through the wall (next to windows and doors, or in between bales where applicable), we were able to communicate with the outside tamping crew with ease.

You can learn more about Tara and her inspiring life journeys on the website she and her husband Tyler share with the world. Way to go Tara!

On another note, the Newport Daily News ran a nice, front page article about our build in Rhode Island. You can click here to read it and even leave a comment!

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One Response to Talking Through Straw

  1. Tara Tue, April 15, 2014 at 6:09 am #

    Andrew, I am so *thrilled* and honored that you wrote about my Communicator! I feel famous. 😀

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for such an inspiring week. I miss you and our fellow participants already. Sending love and hugs from VT!

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