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Re: GSBN:Leather Bales

Since failure in bale buildings often relates to the bales getting wet, 
wouldn't it be ill-advised to build with bales of a material that "releases toxins 
if it gets wet or burns"?   Although it might be OK for building a warehouse 
to store more leather bales.   As for insulative value, although an unlined 
leather jacket is effective as a windbreaker, is the leather itself very 
insulative?   Keep us informed, John.   

In a message dated 7/31/06 1:31:40 PM, lorobles55@...:

> Hello
> Leather is certainly baled in a quiet different way than straw or hay; if
> animal skin has to be used in building, as it was done (and still is, some

> places) by Laps, Inuit, or Mongols , the material is efficent as insulator
> in vertical layers, like our good old leather jackets. but who wants BALED
> leather? heavy, costly, akward, not very proper indeed.Ê Maybe the baled
> leather mentioned in Brazil is from waste cuts, pieces too narrow or with
> holes and faults on the skin?Ê But even then, I just cant think of it as a
> great building material.
> Other opinions?
> Lorenzo
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Swearingen" jswearingen@...
> To: "'GSBN'" GSBN@...; strawbale@...
> Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 7:50 PM
> Subject: GSBN:Leather Bales
> Hi.
> I have friends down in the south of Brazil, in an area that was settled by
> German shoemakers over a hundred years ago, and still is a center for shoe
> manufacturing.Ê The leather is baled, and currently is warehoused.Ê It is a
> bit of a hazard, since it releases toxins if it gets wet or burns.Ê They
> were inquiring if it could be used for building projects?Ê What do you all
> think?
> John

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