At the same time that I was talking with Toby about the building of Square One, I was also speaking with Kyle Holzheuter, a PhD student at Nihon Daigaku researching straw bale in Japan. Since meeting Kyle at Toby and Maiko's this past summer, he has very kindly shared his time and thoughts with me about straw bale in general as well as offered pointers on its construction.
Kyle also offered a recommended reading list, which as Toby mentioned in an email reflects Kyle's perspective as a builder. Some titles appear in Toby's list, too, which only serves perhaps to recommend them more strongly. Check out Kyle's blog for more information and to see what straw bale adventures he is currently having, and don't forget to see how the final coat of plaster is going up at Square One, too!
*Denotes cross-listed titles.
*Design of Straw Bale Buildings: The State of the Art by Bruce King, 2006.
Building with Straw by Gernot Minke, 2001.
Building with Straw Bale: A Practical Guide for the UK and Ireland by Barbara Jones, 2010. (Revised and updated, paperback.)
More Straw Bale Building: A Complete Guide to Designing and Building with Straw by Chris Magwood and Peter Mack, 2005.
Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climates by Paul Lacinski and Michael Bergeron, 2000.
*The Straw Bale House by Bill and Athena Steen and David Bainbridge, 1994.
Small Strawbale: Natural Homes, Projects and Designs by Bill and Athena Steen and Wayne Bingham, 2005.
*Strawbale Home Plans by Wayne Bingham and Colleen Smith, 2007.
The Hand Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage by Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, and Deanne Bednar, 2002.
A Pattern Language: Towns, Building, Construction by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein, 1977.