Building a Straw Bale House: The Red Feather Construction Handbook

Building a Straw Bale House: The Red Feather Construction Handbook


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Building a Straw Bale House: The Red Feather Construction Handbook by Jane Goodall, Nathaniel Corum

"This book is a timely and important tool for the empowerment of communities facing housing deficits.The Red Feather project is extremely important; it is truly making a difference."Jane Goodall

For more than a decade the Red Feather Development Group, a volunteer-based organization, has built and repaired straw bale houses for Native Americans. Somewhere along the wayand this was certainly not the planthey created an architectural phenomenon: This inexpensive, environmentally sound, easily constructed, and downright beautiful form of building has, for good reason,caught the public's imagination. Here, Red Feather provides a step-by-step, easy-to-follow manual for would-be strawbale buildersindeed, they supply everything you'll need but time, energy, and lots and lots of straw. Informative sections on safety, design, tools, and materials, and case studies picked from over thirty-five Red Feather projects give a comprehensive overview to straw-bale building.

But this book is much more than a construction manual. It is also the inspiring story of Red Feather itself, a tale of community action and cooperation that suggests a can-do solution to the growing housing crisis on America's Native American reservations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568985145
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Nathaniel Corum is community design director for Red Feather Development Group. Previously a Fulbright Scholar in North Africa, he studied design at Stanford University and has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Building a Straw Bale House: The Red Feather Construction Handbook 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a fairly detailed overview of straw bale building that includes examples of how bale building has helped American Indians. i have a construction background and some knowledge of natural building...after reading this book i still need more info before i start stacking bales of my own. overall it's a good place to start learning the construction method. ;: p.s. this book would remove your fear of creatures in your wall(if you read it). it states the STRAW(not hay, which is for horses) is an agricultural byproduct with little to no nutritional value and animals know this.
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bootspur More than 1 year ago
One thing that I can say about hay, and hay bale's, they attract snakes! If you don't mind a rattler or a copperhead sleeping, or nosing around in your hay for a mouse, or a rat, OR POSSIBLY YOU, then I wouldn't think twice about owning a house made of baled hay step right up there and build yourself a mansion with a 10 car garage. . . Hell, become a Realtor. . . Sell them to your enemies!