International Straw Caravan

Prior to the International Straw-bale Conference 1999 hosted by CASBA, a bunch of strawbale people from all over the world gathered in Tucson at Out On Bale (un)Ltd. After meeting people and seeing sights for a couple days (including a trip to The Canelo Project), and giving a sold-out presentation to over 500 people (organized and sponsored by DAWN), they formed a caravan to the Conference in northern California. It was my great fortune to accompany this wonderful bunch. Most of the "strawbaliens" that were on the International Straw-bale Caravan are in this photo, taken at the Grand Canyon. From left to right: Susan Wingate-Pearce (in hat), Tom Rijven (in vest), Shane Naughton (in sweater), Rene Dalmiejer (with binoculars - thanks for the help remembering names and places, Rene!), Cai von Hoboken (walking right), Frank Thomas, Lars Keller (crouched down; it was his birthday!), Barbara Jones (in red pants), Leontine Smedema (only her head is visible), and Pascal Thepaut (not wearing plaid).
Judy Knox and David Eisenberg. (Stay with me, there's photos of straw-bale houses coming.)

(I can't seem to find my notes about this trip anywhere, so I'm going to arrange these photos in order of my take of the magnitude of difficulty of the roof. Maybe Rene or one of the other "strawbaliens" will help out with more info that I have somewhere - maybe - but can't find.)

A compound shed roof - the easiest roof to make after a simple shed roof. This method has its selling points.

Another compound shed roof, this one on a pretty big building. I know that this place is on the bluff at Songdog Ranch in California. It's got a thin earthen plaster that leaves nothing to the imagination... grin...

Rene writes to comment: "The Songdog (coyote) Ranch at New Cayuma is owned by Jim and Frank Revely. The mud was just scraped off the ground and ended up on the walls. I simply loved their ranch-style house; what a wonderful atmosphere, very Mexican-Californian. A nice detail was the fireplace (with no SB in the vicinity). The natural stone fireplace was separated by a patio door on one side, and a high bay window on the other - you can see it in picture 11. Another detail was the bathroom: all rough wood with a ceiling high window next to the bath."