[GSBN] Bale Orientation Survey

Ian Redfern ian at adobesouth.co.nz
Tue Apr 1 16:09:58 CDT 2014

Good morning Jeff,

>From the bottom of the earth I have found better walls  occur when the bales
are laid on their flat with the cut side out  - it makes for easier
massaging of the lime plasters into the straw !
Minor cut outs  (up to 100 deep) around posts etc dose not impact on the
strings (yes we use 2 string bales =  450 wide x 350 high x 900 long)
Advantage is when cutting bales back they tie easy and keep tight !

We have had bales in all orientations including on their ends in pre
fabricated panels !  these have a scratch coat applied to both sides before
leaving the plant  however the team question this as they see no real gains
except for a little weather resistance in showery conditions !  Definitely
not my choice   -  our  houses are hand crafted and unique which is the way
our clients want them !

I  trust this adds some insight from the folk "down under"



  www.adobesouth.co.nz   Ian Redfern
 Adobe South
 A:    5 Lancewood Rise, Onerahi, Whangarei
 P:     09 436 4040      M: 027 490 2324
 E:     ian at adobesouth.co.nz

From:  Jeff Ruppert <jeff at odiseanet.com>
Reply-To:  Global Straw Building Network <GSBN at sustainablesources.com>
Date:  Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:14 AM
To:  Global Straw Building Network <GSBN at sustainablesources.com>
Subject:  [GSBN] Bale Orientation Survey

For a future issue we want to do a short article on bale orientation within
straw bale walls.  We are interested in what professionals do and why.

If you would, please take a couple minutes and tell us your preference.
This survey is comprised of four questions, so it is very short.  There is a
form you can use to explain why you like to place bales flat, on-edge,
on-end, etc.  The more thoughts on the subject you can give us the better
article we can create for our readers.  This applies to panel builders as
well as regular walls built in-place.

I have to be honest and say that my curiosity got the better of me on this
one.  I really want to hear some opinions on this from folks like you
because the question comes up a lot depending on who you talk to.

The survey can be found here: http://thelaststraw.org/?p=5174

Thanks everyone for your taking time out of your busy schedule and please
forward this link to any of your associates not on the GSBN who may have an

Jeff Ruppert

The Last Straw
The International Journal of Straw Bale and Natural Building

P.O. Box 1809
Paonia, CO  81428
(970) 948-5744

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