The Last Straw
"The Last Straw provides an invaluable service by collecting and compiling into journal form the latest technical information and happenings in the straw-bale world. We couldn't have written The Straw Bale House without it."
Athena & Bill Steen
co-authors of The Straw Bale House
and The Beauty of Straw Bale
"If you want to learn about straw-bale construction, and stay abreast of the many developments currently happening, you must take The Last Straw. It really is as simple as that—there is no alternative. It's the Wall Street Journal of straw-bale construction."
author of Buildings of Earth and Straw
director of the Ecological Building Network
"If you think natural building is for dreamers, you haven't read The Last Straw."
co-editor of Alternative Construction
editor of New Village Journal
"The Last Straw empowers folks to design, dream, and realize their transition toward a more healthy, earth-sustaining existence. This publication is the premiere tool for owner-builders searching for cutting edge information, suppliers, and professionals in the alternative building community."
Ron Sutcliffe, Earth Systems Design
composting toilet and greywater treatment systems, passive solar designs, alternative material building, seminars and retreats
"The Last Straw remains the single essential source for staying up-to-date with straw-bale building happenings worldwide. If you're serious about strawbale, you can't afford to be without it."
founding member, California Straw Building Association (CASBA); author of Efficient Wood Use in Residential Construction
"The Last Straw is the most comprehensive source of detailed technical information on straw-bale construction worldwide."
Mark A. Hoberecht
NASA engineer and founder of Natural Homesteads
natural building design/construction/consultation
"Anyone who is not a subscriber is at risk of missing what may be critical information for their own construction projects."
co-director of Sustainability International
"For me, The Last Straw represents an unparallelled collection of numbnut mistakes in natural building. It is utterly shameless in its confessions of bad technique and stupid blunders that any 7-year-old would have avoided. Yet it is invariably true that we learn far more from our mistakes than we learn from our successes, and so, as an educator and builder, I count The Last Straw as among my most valuable subscriptions. I read it cover-to-cover. It has saved me countless hours and precious dollars which might otherwise have been spent rotting in the rain in pursuit of some grand idea already disproven half a continent away."
"As a Designer/Builder I'm constantly impressed with the wealth and depth of information in each issue of The Last Straw. Everything from floor plans to foundations is thoroughly discussed with intelligence and wit. Anyone considering building their own home, straw or not, should subscribe to TLS."
"There is but one definitive collection of the ever-evolving body of knowledge known as Straw-Bale Construction. The Last Word (always the most current) is The Last Straw. As we began design of Real Goods Solar Living Center, Engineer Bruce King and I thumbed through back issues 'til our brains spilled over onto its pages. And you know, the darned thing stayed up. If you're going to succumb to bale fever, inoculate yourself first with the finest information out there: The Last Straw."
David Arkin, AIA
Arkin Tilt Architects: Ecological Planning and Design
among the initial founders of the California Straw Building Association (CASBA); straw-bale construction, rammed earth, renewable energy systems, greywater, non-toxic & recycled materials
"The Last Straw provides invaluable timely information to straw-bale builders around the world."
Habib John Gonzalez
Sustainable Works, Nelson, B.C., Canada
straw-bale educator, consultant, researcher
"Strawbale construction is ideal for groups such as Habitat for Humanity because it builds and energizes communities... The Last Straw provides the best and most current strawbale information to help these groups make informed decisions."
licensed contractor, strawbale consultant,
board of directors Pueblo Habitat for Humanity
"The Last Straw makes building a home very possible for all citizens. It is the definitive source of information and resources on this building technique. In permaculture, we say that a good element in a system must perform many functions; The Last Straw meets this criteria very well."
executive director, Permaculture Drylands Institute
"With unabashed excitement and energy, TLS helps fan the flames of the Strawbale Revival, and reminds me to keep my thinking cap on during every decision I make in the processes of design and construction. Just under the surface of its pages, abundance replaces scarcity, expansiveness takes precedence over constriction, the joy of building is nourished by a network, and community is enhanced rather than neglected. It just might be that these attitudes will help us to make spaces and places which grow out of the systemic, biologically-based, profoundly sustainable way of thinking and building we'll need to transcend the myopic, ecologically disastrous, land-raping mindset that would leave nothing to our children's children (who stand a chance to be alive well past 2100.) To get off my soapbox and put it simply, I dig this mag!"
Robert Castle Gay, Architect
"I am a nineteen-year-old who built a strawbale / adobe house in Eastern Washington. The Last Straw is very informative and it makes me so happy that people are starting to take to this new form of home building."
Yavanna Walker-Gillespie, student
"It's great to hear the stories of other straw junkies. I wish The Last Straw came out monthly. I can't get enough. Strawbale has been whispering in my ear for ten years... the itchy, sweaty, hot days have never been so pleasurable. Stick-built homes seem so boring now. Keep up the great work, for you are the voice of this movement."
BACK 2 BASIX, flooring contractors
(soon-to-be general builders)
"I first encountered The Last Straw in the mid-'90s. And then I attended a workshop on strawbale construction put on by one of TLS editors. My project in Washington state was shot down by officials, but I moved it to Northern Mexico (Baja) and am putting the finishing touches on about 1000 square feet of 'casa' (visitors welcome), where almost 100 of these structures now exist. Recently I've turned my attention to incorporating basic passive and active solar systems into natural buildings."
William L. Seavey, Director
"The Last Straw is simply required reading for anyone involved (or wishing to be involved) in Natural Building. We recommend TLS to all of our members and are proud to promote it at every opportunity. If you're not a subscriber yet, sign up and add several back issues to your order. Send in that payment
Jack Stephens, Executive Director
The Natural Building Network
"This journal is so helpful. It put us onto the right track for doing it RIGHT! We ordered a complete collection of back issues, and it was well worth it!"
Byron B. Savage, C.I.D.
The Byron Savage Company
"If there's anything we can do to help the ecological movement, it's building with low energy materials. Straw bales bring more answers to the table then we can imagine. La construction avec les balles de foin est une essentielle au movement ecologique. Il faut le mettre au courrant dans les pratiques de construction."
Adjointe a la programmation
Centre ecologique de la Mer-Douce,
"Thanks so much for posting our ad for an apprentice. We have received a fairly steady number of inquiries from interested persons and have agreed to hire one, with others for possible short-term stays. The TLS web site is responsible for more than one-third of the inquiries! "
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