Build It With Bales

Build It With Bales

Authors: Matts Myhrman and S. O. McDonald

One of the original books on straw bale contrstuction

Now available as a series of free PDFs thanks to the Authors

Build It With Bales – full book

Front Cover through Q&A (13 pages, includes table of contents, intro, how to use)

BIWB instruction page

BIWB Part One

Build It With Bales Part Two: Steps 1-3

Build It With Bales Part Two: Steps 4-6

Build It With Bales Part Two: Steps 7-8

Build It With Bales Non-Loadbearing Option

Small Strawbale: Natural Homes, Projects & Designs

Small Strawbale: Natural Homes, Projects & DesignsAuthors: Athena & Bill Steen and Wayne Bingham

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

Paperback: 240 pages

ISBN-10: 1586855158

ISBN-13: 978-1586855154

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Review from Mark Piepkorn, former editor of The Last Straw Journal:

A copy of the new book Small Strawbale: Natural Homes, Projects & Designs by Athena & Bill Steen and Wayne Bingham, published by Gibbs Smith, came into the office today. It’s gorgeous, like all the projects the Steens involve themselves with – and, as usual, it opens doors beyond strawbale. Love them for that.

Chapters include Garden Walls & Fences, Open-Air Structures, Greenhouses, Canelo Outbuildings (that’s their place), Tiny Studios & Meditation Retreats, The Shed Roof, The Gable Roof, Small Houses, and Clustered Compounds.

Most of the photos are sumptuous, the accompanying text insightful and inspiring – not at all overbearing. It’s not a how to *build* book, but a *how* to build book. It was an excellent surprise to see the Lander’s beautiful Shimizu-gaki bamboo gate featured (and later in the book their home, with a photo of them that makes me miss them even more), several of Athena’s stunning murals, and – Jack’s Flat! Kudos to Mr. Glassford!

This book fires my imagination and gives me joy.

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, 2nd edition

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, 2nd editionAuthor(s): J. C. Jenkins

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

ISBN: 0964425890

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Written in laypeople’s terms by a humanure composting practitioner with twenty years’ experience, this book is for anyone interested in a unique topic that is fundamentally related to every human being on planet Earth.

The second edition of The Humanure Handbook is completely revised, expanded, and updated, but retains that element of improbable humor that made this book an underground classic. This fascinating, one-of-a-kind book tells you how to safely recycle human manure, and includes color photographs of humanure-compost gardens, listings for international commercial compost toilet sources and manufacturers, and a list of backyard composting bin and compost thermometer retailers. This new edition also contains a chapter on alternative graywater systems; illustrated, step-by-step instructions for building a simple, low-cost, composting toilet for household, camp, or emergency use; current information about community-level composting; and the latest material on composting microbiology.

From the author, J. C. Jenkins (JCJenkins@JenkinsPublishing.com) , 11/29/96:
This may be the start of a Big Movement.

From the Publisher

This is the 3rd edition of a self-published book. No respectable publisher would touch it with a ten foot shovel. The 1st edition of Humanurewas published in 1994 with a print run of 660 copies, which the author fully expected would last the rest of his life.Now, 11 years later, the book has sold over 25,000 copies in at least 59 countries worldwide and has been published in foreign editions on four continents. The 2nd Edition was a 2000 Independent Publisher Outstanding Book of the Year, deemed the book “Most Likely to Save the Planet,” a 2000 Finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards, and a Finalist in the 2000 Benjamin Franklin Awards for Excellence in Publishing. It was an Amazon.com #1 bestseller in its category for several years, and has been reviewed by Mother Earth News, Whole Earth Review, Countryside Journal, The Journal of Environmental Quality, Natural Health, and many other popular print media. It has been talked about on NPR, BBC, CBC, Howard Stern, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy Magazine, Organic Gardening Magazine and many other national and international venues.


The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life

The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life

Author(s): Gary Selden, Robert O. Becker, David Bichell

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (July 22, 1998)

Paperback: 368 pages

ISBN: 0688069711

ISBN-13: 978-0688069711

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The Body Electric tells the fascinating story of our bioelectric selves. Robert O. Becker, a pioneer in the filed of regeneration and its relationship to electrical currents in living things, challenges the established mechanistic understanding of the body. He found clues to the healing process in the long-discarded theory that electricity is vital to life. But as exciting as Becker’s discoveries are, pointing to the day when human limbs, spinal cords, and organs may be regenerated after they have been damaged, equally fascinating is the story of Becker’s struggle to do such original work. The Body Electric explores new pathways in our understanding of evolution, acupuncture, psychic phenomena, and healing.

The Micro-Hydro Pelton Turbine Manual: Design, Manufacture and Installation for Small-Scale Hydro-Power

The Micro-Hydro Pelton Turbine Manual: Design, Manufacture and Installation for Small-Scale Hydro-PowerAuthor(s): Jeremy Thake

Publisher: Practical Action (February 2001)

Paperback: 240 pages

ISBN-10: 1853394602

ISBN-13: 978-1853394607

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Micro-hydro is a useful way of providing power to houses, workshops or villages that need an independent supply. For many remote areas beyond the reach of the national grid, micro-hydro is the only economic option. Where flow is limited, but terrain is steep, the Pelton wheel is one of the most useful turbines. Capable of producing a lot of power from a relatively small unit, Pelton turbines are reasonably easy to make and each size can be used at a wide range of sites

The Micro-hydro Pelton Turbine Manual is written to enable the reader to design and manufacture Pelton turbines themselves as might be necessary in developing countries. However, even if you can pick up the phone and order the turbine itself, you’ll find valuable information about how the principles of Pelton turbines that will help you select the right unit.

Aimed at readers with a general engineering workshop background, the emphasis is on simple technology, so that the turbines can be made in small workshops with basic engineering facilities. More advanced processes are discussed for those with access to better manufacturing facilities.

The Micro-hydro Pelton Turbine Manual details all the important aspects of design, including: basic theory, turbine selection, manufacture, installation, testing and problem-solving. The manual is well illustrated and contains many comprehensive appendices, which include manufacturing reference information and the derivation of equations used.

240 pages, 2001

Solar Power Your Home For Dummies

Solar Power Your Home For Dummies

Author: Rik DeGunther

Publisher: For Dummies (December 10, 2007)

Paperback: 384 pages

ISBN-10: 0470175699

ISBN-13: 978-0470175699

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Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the . . . → Read More: Solar Power Your Home For Dummies

Solar Radiation and Daylight Models, Second Edition: For the Energy Efficient Design of Buildings

Solar Radiation and Daylight Models, Second Edition: For the Energy Efficient Design of Buildings

Author(s): H. Kambezidis, Tariq Muneer, Peter Tregenza

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann (Trd)

Paperback: 392 pages

ISBN: 0750624957

ISBN-13: 978-0750659741

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The cost of operating a building far exceeds the cost of constructing it, and yet until recently little attention was paid to the impact of solar radiation on . . . → Read More: Solar Radiation and Daylight Models, Second Edition: For the Energy Efficient Design of Buildings

Cooking with the Sun: How to Build and Use Solar Cookers

Cooking with the Sun: How to Build and Use Solar Cookers

Author(s): Beth and Dan Halcy

Publisher: Morning Sun Press; Rep Sub edition (May 1992)

Paperback: 114 pages

ISBN-10: 0962906921

ISBN-13: 978-0962906923

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Cooking with the Sun, How to build and use solar cookers. by Beth and Dan Halcy.

A simple oven that reaches 400°F can be . . . → Read More: Cooking with the Sun: How to Build and Use Solar Cookers

Sun/Earth Buffering and Superinsulation: Building for Energy Independence

Building for Energy Independence: Sun/Earth Buffering and Superinsulation

Author(s): Don Booth, Jonathan Booth, Peg Boyles

Publisher: Rodale Pr (September 1984)

Paperback: ISBN: 0960442235 ISBN-13: 978-0960442232 Order From: Amazon.com

Hardbound: ISBN-10: 0960442243 ISBN-13: 978-0960442249 Order From: Amazon.com

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Back in 1983 Don Booth’s company, Community Builders was one of the premier developers of energy efficient homes in . . . → Read More: Sun/Earth Buffering and Superinsulation: Building for Energy Independence

Build Your Own Earth Oven, 3rd Edition: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves

Build Your Own Earth Oven, 3rd Edition

Author(s): Kiko Denzer

Publisher: Hand Print Press; 3 Rev Exp edition (April 2007)

Paperback: 132 pages

ISBN-10: 096798467X

ISBN-13: 978-0967984674

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Learn how easy and practical an outdoor baking oven is to build and use. The design is a two layer retained heat oven, and can . . . → Read More: Build Your Own Earth Oven, 3rd Edition: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves