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Re: GSBN:A World "Tour" of Straw Bale


I would like to contribute. But I first would like to get something resolved. I spent quite some effort in sending you articles in the past to find out that they have not been used. They are now obviously past there prime. I spent quite a bit of effort in putting them together I am now reluctant to again expend effort for nothing. Most probably the fact you have not placed the articles is that they were of more philosophical nature and therefore found them unsuitable for publication. If this is the case then I would like to put a strong case for keeping this type of article in the TLS.

The recent issues have been very informative but for my liking the whole is now maybe a little too dry. TLS should be besides informative, thought provoking and also be a good read.

At 07:56 PM 9/9/03, you wrote:
Hello All!

As you may know, the upcoming issue of The Last Straw is aiming to be a "world tour" of straw bale activity. I think it would very rewarding for all of us to see what's become of this global movement in such a relatively short period of time.

This world tour issue will have two main focuses.

1) Project reports from unique structures or initiatives world-wide. Already, we have articles about fascinating projects in Saudi Arabia, Nicaragua and Russia. Stories or leads for other projects would be very welcomed. Buildings don't have to be in "exotic" locations, but should be unique or remarkable in some way.

2) Country reports or regional reports. It would be great if we could get updates from all over the world that give a sense of where the straw bale movement is at in each place (number of structures, public structures, unique initiatives and buildings, research, gov't involvement, etc). Anybody who feels up to the task of writing up a "Regional Report" would not only receive the undying gratitude of a small-time editor, but would also be the recipient of a free, one-year, online subscription to TLS!

These reports do not need to be long (anywhere from 200-1000 words, hopefully with a few pictures), but they should be as comprehensive as possible and include contact information for any associations, builders, researchers, gov't agencies or any other groups mentioned in the article. This is a perfect opportunity for those straw bale enthusiasts who would like to be involved but aren't currently builders or owners to get involved, do some research, make some contacts, and find themselves in the middle of the straw bale "movement" in their area.

Please help us make this "world tour" issue as complete and fascinating as possible. It will make for good reading, good learning, and be an impressive tool for all of us in convincing our local constituency that we are not a handful of isolated nutbars, but part of a growing, international movement toward more sane housing options.

The deadline for this issue is October 10.

As always, send all stories, photos, leads, contacts, barbs and letter bombs to:

Chris Magwood
RR#3, 2648 Cooper Rd, Madoc, Ontario, Canada K0K 2K0




Chris Magwood / Camel's Back Straw Bale Construction

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