Strawbale



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The chicken coop at the Black Range Lodge. The wall in the foreground is tractor-cob (made with a backhoe instead of feet), with very large rocks set into it - typically considered to be a no-no per many cob people. This wall was built in two days, in two lifts, by one person. The chicken coop behind it is strawbale with earthen plaster, with bamboo poles supporting the roof (which is made of torchdown-covered Stramit; Stramit being a straw-board product). On the left side of the picture is a glimpse of the cement-stuccoed orchard wall described on page four of issue #25 of The Last Straw.

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Casa Chica at the Black Range Lodge, featured in issue #17 of The Last Straw. The foundation is part natural stone and part earthbags (see below and the Earthbags section for earthbag pics), and the building is made from straw bales, cob, wattle-and-daub, unmilled timber, stuff like that. Earthen floor, earthen plasters.

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Earthbag stem/retaining wall with exterior-pinned bales on top. (A photo of an earthbag foundation for a garden wall is in the Natural Building Colloquium - East section.)

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A straw-bale yurt in an intentional community outside of Moab, Utah.

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Steve and Nena MacDonald's house in Gila, New Mexico... pre-Straw Bale House book, pre-Build It With Bales. (That was sort of a trick question... Steve went on to become co-author of Build It With Bales with Matts Myhrman...)



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