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-> Sources for Rice Hulls
     by Joyce Coppinger jc10508@...
-> Re: GSBN:Sources for Rice Hulls
     by billc billc_lists@...
-> Re: GSBN:Re: Lime plaster problems
     by "Chug" chug@...
-> Re: GSBN: Earth plasters
     by MattsMyhrman@...
-> Re: Historic Nebraska Buildings and Railroad Workers
     by MattsMyhrman@...
-> Re:Tom Rijven's book available in the USA?
     by MattsMyhrman@...


Date: 16 Oct 2007 09:55:21 -0500
From: Joyce Coppinger jc10508@...
Subject: Sources for Rice Hulls

Hi Paul,

Do you have a list of sources or suppliers for rice hulls in the U.S. or
other countries?

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Joyce Coppinger, Managing Editor
The Last Straw journal
GPFS/TLS, PO Box 22706, Lincoln NE 68542-2706 USA
402.483.5135, fax 402.483.5161


Date: 16 Oct 2007 10:20:38 -0500
From: billc billc_lists@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:Sources for Rice Hulls

At 9:45 AM -0500 10/16/07, Joyce Coppinger wrote:
>Hi Paul,
>Do you have a list of sources or suppliers for rice hulls in the U.S. or
>other countries?

I did some poking around and found that they're pretty easy to find.
Google "rice mill" or similar and a lot come up.

I also contacted an organic rice grower (Lowell Farms), who pointed
me to <a  target="_blank" href="http://doguets.com";>http://doguets.com</a>, a certified organic rice mill.   I like to
avoid pesticides whenever possible.

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Date: 16 Oct 2007 12:29:36 -0500
From: "Chug" chug@...
Subject: Re: GSBN:Re: Lime plaster problems

Hi Matts

yes you are correct limewash is used on cob buildings and some in exposed
situations also have a final coat of thin skim lime over the cob before
appling limewash.

bale on
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk/";>http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk/</a>
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From: MattsMyhrman@...
To: GSBN@...
Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2007 12:44 AM
Subject: Re: GSBN:Re: Lime plaster problems

In a message dated 10/10/2007 1:17:11 PM US Mountain Standard Time,

> Sometimes however lime plaster
> was not used and rather a cow dung earth plaster was used followed by
> regular coats of lime wash...though at the coast where we experience
> strong
> wind driven rains a lime coating was the norm.

I believe that many of the cob buildings on the southern coast of England
(Devon?) used several (maybe 4-5 initially) coats of lime wash.  It was
considered somewhat sacrificial, and was followed up, after a year or two,
with a
couple more coats.  After that, another coat every couple of years.  Maybe
Jones can check in on this  one, and also tell us whether lime wash over cob
or earth plaster has traditionally been used anywhere in the British Isles
where they experience driving rains coming in off the sea (up on the
coast of Scotland?).


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Date: 16 Oct 2007 17:38:15 -0500
From: MattsMyhrman@...
Subject: Re: GSBN: Earth plasters

In a message dated 10/15/2007 6:45:11 AM US Mountain Standard Time, Sven
Johnston writes:

> By the way, this issue is on a wall which is in the living area and spans
> into the dining area of the home.  There will be a wood stove installed
> within a couple of feet of this wall.
> Does anyone have a suggestion for a finish coat?  Would it be good insurance
> to use Borax in the final earth plaster?

I tried using a saturated solution of borax and boric acid to mix up earth
plaster, hoping that it might work to make the plaster unpalatable to
It so weakened the plaster that I never went further with the experiment.
Maybe too much of the chemicals in the mix so that the bond between the clay
particles was comprimised?

 See what's new

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Date: 16 Oct 2007 17:56:18 -0500
From: MattsMyhrman@...
Subject: Re: Historic Nebraska Buildings and Railroad Workers

Andre writes

> Tom also says that it were the railroad workers in Nebraska that
> started SB building. I don't remember reading this elsewhere. Though it
> seems to make sense that railroad workers would create fast shelter it
> does not seem logical to me that they would make a real house (because
> they would probably move on as the railroad advances).

Matts responds: I consider myself a serious student of the early history of
bale building.  Although it may just be something that I've just somehow
missed, I have never heard or read anything that would corroborate Tom's
Wonder if Joyce Coppinger, who shares my interest in the dawn of bale
could weigh in on this one.

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new at 

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Date: 16 Oct 2007 18:03:34 -0500
From: MattsMyhrman@...
Subject: Re:Tom Rijven's book available in the USA?

Andre says:

> Tom's bi-lingual book is both in French and English

Matts asks, does anyone know where it is available in the USA?  Catherine?


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