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Design 7. Designing the Straw Bale Toe Up By Chris Keefe In designing or building a straw bale wall, one of the most important issues is keeping water away from the bales. Large overhangs above the walls help to keep the water from reaching the bales from above. From below we utilize toe-ups. toe-up serves to elevate the bale wall above the floor where water can reach the bales and wick up into the straw from below.
straw bale pallet wall drawing. Very nice illustration.
The Hogan at Cae Mabon was inspired by the Navaho tribes of Utah and Arizona. Hogan are octagonal structures with log walls and a corbelled roof with a smoke hole. This Hogan however has straw bale walls rendered with lime plaster and a reciprocal roof. Find out more at www.naturalhomes.org