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Re: GSBN:Nouveau Myth in the making...?
G 'day Andre and Coralie
What a great story mate and congratulations on the success of the book.
Love a copy one day let me know how much?
I hope you do not mind me copying this news to the SB R-us mob as I am
sure that they would be interested. Every now and then one needs
inspiration to get over the constant news of war, gloom and doom and I
was getting a wee bit down and wondering if ever we would get straw bale
to the people that need it most, the 12 million orphans of Africa, just
Anyhow I had a look at Andres and Coralie's web site La Maison en Paille:
In it I found under Galeries and then under Cabane pours enfants a
lovely storey on the building of a straw bale cabin for children. The
photos tell it all and it has made my day and given me inspiration to do
the same when I go back to Durban and Cape Town to run two workshops
next July. We will be building a cottage for an AIDS carer at Lean on Me:
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.wecare4africa.com/">http://www.wecare4africa.com/</a>
The other workshop will be in the township of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay,
Cape Town. Having looked at the children's cabin Andre I was motivated
to conduct the workshops for the children and with the children. Any
volunteers to come over to Durban and Cape Town next year? Just thought
that I would say thanks for the wonderful web site and for the story mate.
The Straw Wolf
<a target="_blank" href="http://www.maps.coolamonrotary.com/">http://www.maps.coolamonrotary.com/</a>
61 2 6927 6027
Here is Andres post to GSBN.
Coralie and I just participated in the first national Ecological Building Fair
in Paris. (Of course the incredible Tom Rijven and his groupies were present
It was a great succes, it was held in one of those enormous halls that was in
great contrast with the content offered during the fair.
Almost 11.000 visitors!
Coralie and I presented our SB book (+CD-Rom)that we managed to finish 1 day
before the event (OK, it took some overtime to be ready, but hey... PARIS!!)
We sold 260 copies during the 3 days and got lots of nice feedback.
For those of you who participated in the making of this book, your copie will be
sent out this week! So buy a dictionarry ! (or type it all out on Babelfish as
Chug cleaverly pointed out)
For the moment we will be the only selling point (La Maison en Paille is the
editor) and I don't know what the international postal rates are as yet. We
sell it (book+CD) for 20 Euros (22,65 Euros including postage for la douce
Anybody interested to do some reselling for Quebec/Canada?
Anyway, this book is not the Myth that the title refers to.
On the trade fair I spoke to a knowingly gentleman that sells ecological
products to treat wood against termites and other wood eating critters. He
claims that it is common knowledge amongst elder farmers that these insects do
not attack the wood of the sheds where straw is (or was!) stored. The buildings
just next to it are eaten, but not the straw storage sheds.
He even claims that this knowledge is used to date buildings. But I did not
quite understand how.
He thinks some gas must be comming out of the (dry!) straw that treats the wood.
He also informed me that Borax kills the termites by killing the germs in their
stomachs and that Borax 'extinguishes' fire because it releases water molecules
All comments are welcome.
La Maison en Paille
PS. our website has had its 'spring' cleaning, feel welcome to browse arround.
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