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Traditional and Contemporary Natural Building in Korea

| No. 62, Winter 2014 | No Comments
Editors Note - This article is a feature length pictorial…

Framing Bale Walls: How to

| No. 63, Spring 2014 | One Comment
There are many different approaches to framing a straw bale…

Finishing Bale Walls with Siding

| No. 57, March 2007 | 2 Comments
A little known fact in the bale building realm is…
Issue No. 72
Spring 2022

Light Clay-Straw Mountain Home

| No. 64, Summer 2014 | No Comments
This feature project is of a solar, light clay-straw house…

Sealing an Earth Floor

| No. 55, September 2006 | One Comment
This is the second of a two-part article on creating…

For the Love of Mud

| Online Articles | No Comments
Mud is magic. Mud is fun. Mud can also be…