One final advantage of straw bale construction is that
it lends itself to community building, like the days of
barn raisings. Each year I teach a series of seven-day,
hands-on workshops in which a group of roughly thirty
people who have never before met come together to
work on someone’s house. By the end of the week, the
structure is baled and the first coat of plaster is nearly,
if not fully, complete. What’s more amazing, however,
is that thirty strangers leave the workshop as close
friends. Many often come back to help in subsequent
projects as a means of paying for ward the experience.
In this way, we not only build houses, we build rela-
tionships, which is a wonderful thing.
No matter what inspires you to learn more about straw
bale construction, that journey will prove to be full of
adventure, great people, environmental responsibility,
and beauty. Fortunately, when it comes to straw bale
construction, the journey is punctuated by a stellar
destination: your energy-efficient, soundproof, fire-resistant, natural, environmentally sensitive, beautiful
home. Happy baling everyone!
Andrew Morrison has a passion for straw
bale construction that is matched only by
his desire to teach others. He has a wealth
of experience as a professional builder of
twenty years, and Andrew shares his knowl-
edge via his DVD series and the half-dozen or so hands-on,
straw bale workshops he teaches annually. Visit www.
strawbale.com to learn more.