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GSBN: Digest for 10/15/06

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-> Re: GSBN:Summer Plastering & ISBBC
     by Joy Bennett mbenn1035@...
-> Re: GSBN:Nominating new members
     by "Bohdan Dorniak & Co Pty Ltd" bdco@...


Date: 15 Oct 2006 23:09:48 -0700
From: Joy Bennett mbenn1035@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:Summer Plastering & ISBBC

Certainly should the 2008 be held in Colorado and
there is a grand tour CASBA would be honored to
arrange the California leg - we definitely have enough
interesting and unique structures to occupy as many
miles and days as allowed.

AND it would be VERY nice if we could do the
scheduling so that Bill and Athena could attend - that
should be part of the scheduling criteria if we do it
in Colorado.


- --- Catherine Wanek cat@... wrote:

> At 01:11 AM 10/14/2006,  Martin Hammer wrote:
> >The photograph of Athena's sister's sculpture in
> front of the adobe
> >tower made an appearance in Catherine Wanek's
> "Worldwide Strawbale
> >Tour" at the ISBBC (if my memory serves correctly).
>  But more than a
> >photo, we would all love to see the two of you at a
> future ISBBC if
> >you're able.  In the meantime, simply, thanks....
> Hi Bill and Athena  --  to set the record straight,
> Bruce King gets
> the credit for showing your aforementioned photo in
> his truly
> touching presentation at the ISBBC.  It was indeed a
> cool photo, and
> I echo Martin's sentiments -- we wished you were
> there.  It would be
> great to have you and Athena as presenters at a
> future ISBBC.
> This may be one of the better reasons to have the
> next ISBBC in
> Colorado -- the fact that it's not too terribly far
> from Canelo, Arizona.
> While I totally agree with Andre de Bouter, and I
> would happily
> travel far to the next ISBBC, there are two key
> reasons to accept
> COSBA and CASBA's offers to host with appreciation.
> First, its a lot of hard work to coordinate and
> requires
> infrastructure to stage successfully.  With it's
> last two annual
> spring conferences COSBA has shown that it has the
> dedicated members
> to pull off this kind of event for the maximum
> effect.  There are
> many high-quality strawbale homes around Colorado --
> so it would be
> possible arrange optional inspirational home tours
> before and
> after.  In fact -- like Joyce Coppinger suggested --
> an additional
> tour might be set up, for instance, from San
> Francisco to Colorado
> before the conference, and from Colorado to New
> Mexico to Arizona
> after the Conference.
> As an enthusiastic participant of the pre-ISBBC 2004
> tours, it's hard
> to express how memorable they were.  It was just
> fantastic to have
> someone else do the driving, take you right to the
> hot spots, make
> sure you are fed and have a pillow under your head,
> and translate or
> interpret the many new and interesting things you
> are
> seeing.  (Thanks again to Barbara Jones and Bee
> Rowan for organizing
> the England, Wales, Ireland leg of the tour, and
> Rene Dalmeijer for
> putting together the trip through Belgium, Germany
> and Denmark.  )
> Second, since I know how much I enjoy experiencing
> another culture,
> I've also observed how much people from other
> countries enjoy
> visiting the USA.  The Colorado Rocky Mountains are
> world famous, and
> to hold the conference there would be a beautiful
> bonus for our
> colleagues from other countries.  Especially if this
> trip might be
> combined with a bus tour, or a car caravan across CA
> and/or the Southwest.
> Also, as Kelly Lerner pointed out, jet travel is CO2
> intensive, so
> perhaps the fewer Americans flying the better.  I
> also agree with the
> idea of US participants paying more, to help offset
> travel costs for
> others from faraway continents.  Perhaps the GSBN
> could start
> collecting donations for such a travel fund.  (Or we
> at BWB could
> start this travel fund.)
> I'm also willing to help organize a pre or post
> conference car
> caravan through New Mexico and Arizona, with stops
> in Crestone, Taos,
> Santa Fe, & Kingston, NM and Tucson & Canelo, AZ,
> with maybe even a
> visit to the Grand Canyon squeezed in.  Perhaps
> CASBA could
> coordinate a similar trip in California.....?
> By 2010 maybe France or New Zealand (two places I'd
> love to go) will
> have the critical mass to host the next ISBBC.  For
> 2008 I vote for Colorado.
> Cheers (as they say in Ontario)
> Catherine
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Maurice and Joy Bennett

You must be the change you want to see in the world.   Gandhi


Date: 15 Oct 2006 23:10:45 -0700
From: "Bohdan Dorniak & Co Pty Ltd" bdco@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:Nominating new members

Hi all
Sarah is a member of Ausbale and was representing us together with Ian
(South Island New Zealand) at the Ottawa conference.
I would certainly second her membership.
Bohdan Dorniak
Ausbale President

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Catherine Wanek" cat@...
To: "GSBN" GSBN@...
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 9:43 AM
Subject: GSBN:Nominating new members

> While we are on the subject of nominations, at the ISBBC I spoke with
> several people that I believe should be part of the GSBN.  (In
> addition to those who have already been nominated...)
> Michel Bergeron, Montreal, Quebec, Canada bergeron@...
> Archibio Architect Michel is also co-author of Serious Strawbale
> (with Paul Lascinski).  One of  the earliest firms to build with
> straw bales in Canada, Archibio pioneered the straw-bale living roof
> in Canada and France. Michel designed the Sivananda Yoga Center as
> well as collaborated on an urban strawbale home near downtown Montreal.
> Sarah & Sven Johnston, Geraldine, NZ (South
> island).  sarahjohnston@...
> Designer Sarah (Francis ) Johnston is a founding member of Builders
> Without Borders and COSBA.  She and her kiwi husband moved from
> Colorado to the South Island of New Zealand where they are building
> their own strawbale house, and where GSBN currently has no members.
> They are excellent networkers, and host strawbale workshops and
> gatherings, and Sarah designs for others, (and there are probably
> many more accolades to describe them if only I knew).
> Darcy Donnovan, PE, California and Pakistan  ddonovan@...
> A professional engineer, Darcy is currently teaching and building
> with straw bales in Pakistan  She leads a non-profit organization
> called 6-Friends, that is assisting the rebuilding efforts in the
> areas hit by a big earthquake last year.  She and her husband Bill
> have been building a strawbale home in the high Sierras, where they
> designed for snow loads are over 140 psf. (Maurice and Joy -- please
> chime in with more about Darcy.)
> Best regards,
> Catherine Wanek
> Black Range Films &
> Natural Building Resources
> 119 Main St. , Kingston, NM 88042
> 505-895-3389 / fax 505-895-3389
> cat@...
> <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawbalecentral.com";>http://www.strawbalecentral.com</a>
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