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As early as 1990, Out On Bale used to be a relevant repository of the dynamically increasing (exploding will be extra apt now and then) storehouse of functional wisdom and knowledge approximately strawbale development. lets now not distribute the data we held in our heads, in piles on our desks, and in our bulging submitting cupboards to the entire those that sought after and deserved entry to it. by means of 1992, after we made up our minds to start The final Straw, it was once a mixture of desperation (to loosen the logjam of fine details and broadly distribute it) and keenness (to comprise and encourage the transforming into overseas straw-bale neighborhood to complete participation within the assortment and distribution of data) that overcame our fears of including extra paintings to an already overwhelming time table. We based The final Straw magazine as the strawbale revival wanted a global group heart for its far-flung pioneers to attach and speak with each other, and we wanted to gather in a single position the ever starting to be wealth of knowledge approximately how and why to construct with bales.

The final Straw has comprehensive all these issues: tales from the variety of pioneers who got here on board from all around the globe; their interesting and loving tales; their certain construction tips, their paintings with checking out, code and coverage demanding situations. it's a wealth of data. it's a magical tale of the way an easy, earth-friendly development technique known as strawbale development chanced on and remodeled its messengers all alongside the way in which, and the way the messengers revived and remodeled straw-bale development as a development process. Now, eventually, a long-held dream of ours has come real; an intensive choice of all that wealth of data is offered, catalogued, listed and cross-referenced, in a CD-Rom. goals don’t come real with no labor and commitment, and all of us owe a deep bow to Joyce Coppinger and the fairway Prairie origin for Sustainability, for making this glorious new source on hand to us.

Judy Knox and Matts Myhrman
Out On Bale
Tucson, Arizona

About this CD:The first forty concerns (1993 via 2003) of The final Straw magazine are integrated in this CD in a completely listed and searchable layout. The early problems with the magazine weren't created with an analogous software program as we use at the present time and a few of the content material used to be now not kept or used to be misplaced over the years. we have now tried to recreate those concerns of their entirety, in spite of the fact that, a few info or pictures could be lacking. we've not integrated source advisor listings as they're now outdated and feature been changed by means of the present source advisor on hand in print or on-line models. a distinct thank you is going out to people who labored demanding to make this CD attainable, together with Joyce Coppinger, Satomi Lander, Chris Magwood, Julie Bowen, Joshua Pierce, Tina Therrien, Dave Wilson and Margaret Tilling. difficult reproduction models of all concerns are nonetheless to be had so one can have the unique content material. stopover at the TLS website www.thelaststraw.org for a whole record of matters and the articles from all concerns in addition to order details and kinds.

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I felt like a modern-day pioneer. I envisioned straw bale as a solution to our worldwide housing crisis. It is an economical solution in these difficult economic times, as well as a way to address environmental sustainability. These structures are economical, functional, beautiful and self-empowering. The workshop not only connected me No. 2 • The Last Straw • Page 13 outwardly in a way that I had not experienced for a long time, but it also connected me inwardly to myself. I felt a sense of reawakening and joy.

Much cheaper supplies and better grades of bamboo can undoubtedly be found. Diameters varied from about 3/ 8ths to 3/4’s of an inch. In order to improve penetration, the narrow ends were sawn off at a 45 angle (while the rods were still packaged to save time). In many cases the rods could be simply pushed into the bales. Those needing a little “encouragement” were easily pounded in with a short length of 2x4, which gives a broad contact surface. We rarely experienced splitting of the bamboo but occasionally rods would follow a curved path through the bale and come out the sides.

In Jon’s design, the posts are notched into the bales, with the rigidity to resist wind and seismic loads coming from the wellpinned walls. Gary’s article also mentioned Roger Welsch’s article that had appeared in the provocatively inspirational book Shelter in 1973. This led readers back to a description of the old Nebraska buildings and helped keep that variation from dying out. Steve and Nina MacDonald, as they sweated out the decision as to whether or not to gamble on the technique, kept coming back to these articles and finally made the leap of faith.

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