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Home Work:
Handbuilt Shelter

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Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter

NATURAL MATERIALS: Natural Buildings
Photographs by Catherine Wanek

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Welsh furniture maker David Hughes built this charming thatched timber-frame workshop, choosing the organic shapes of oak trees that wouldn’t suit more rectilinear structures. Thierry Dronet built this fairy-tale hybrid of straw bales and cordwood masonry, topped with a “living roof,” as his workshop and stable for two horses in eastern France. Bale walls act to retain the hillside, with a plastic sheet barrier and a “French drain” to wick away moisture. Time will tell whether this practice is advised.
In Brittany, France, owner-builder Elsa LeGuern designed a straw bale home for herself with wide overhangs to protect the bales from storms blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean. The framework is a rectangle, with curved straw bale walls.
Thierry Dronet built this fairy-tale hybrid of straw bales and cordwood masonry, topped with a “living roof,” as his workshop and stable for two horses in eastern France. Bale walls act to retain the hillside, with a plastic sheet barrier and a “French drain” to wick away moisture. Time will tell whether this practice is advised. Thierry Dronet built this fairy-tale hybrid of straw bales and cordwood masonry, topped with a “living roof,” as his workshop and stable for two horses in eastern France. Bale walls act to retain the hillside, with a plastic sheet barrier and a “French drain” to wick away moisture. Time will tell whether this practice is advised.
At the Lama Foundation, a spiritual community near Taos, NM, a forest fire destroyed most of the existing structures in 1996. In 1999, an event called Build Here Now was organized to help their reconstruction efforts. This passive solar straw bale residence has interior adobe and straw/clay walls for thermal mass, and was finished with earthen floors and plasters. The timber-frame structure, now known as, “The Treehouse,” was designed by Sun-Ray Kelly, and utilizes ponderosa pine trees killed in the fire. At the Lama Foundation, a spiritual community near Taos, NM, a forest fire destroyed most of the existing structures in 1996. In 1999, an event called Build Here Now was organized to help their reconstruction efforts. This passive solar straw bale residence has interior adobe and straw/clay walls for thermal mass, and was finished with earthen floors and plasters. The timber-frame structure, now known as, “The Treehouse,” was designed by Sun-Ray Kelly, and utilizes ponderosa pine trees killed in the fire.

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Bill & Athena Steen
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The Yurts of Bill Coperthwaite

Mongolian Cloud Houses
How to make a Yurt & Live Comfortably

Page 82 Text: Since discovering straw bale construction in 1992, Catherine Wanek has traveled widely to spread the straw bale gospel, and documenting traditional and modern examples of natural building. She co-edited The Art of Natural Building in 2002 and wrote and photographed The New Strawbale Home, published in 2003 by Gibbs Smith, Publisher. Catherine and her husband Pete Fust live in Kingston, NM, where they manage the Natural Building Colloquium – Southwest, and run the historic Black Range Lodge (blackrange@zianet.com).

website: StrawBaleCentral.com

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