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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.