I’m running late with this post. I was just to warn out last night and my computer was running on fumes as well so I put off the post till this morning. Day 4 here at Common Kettle Farm. We had quite a day yesterday. Who would have thought putting in the last row of bales would be such a challenge. We are using rice bales from the central valley near Williams, California. These bales are extremely dense and very dusty. One of the disadvantages of using rices bales is all the dust that comes along with them. It was there denseness that caused us the most problem though. We had to strap and jack down the bales to get them to fit tightly into the wall. Sometimes this involved laying down and kicking them into place. We ended up getting all but one bale in yesterday. We also started weed wacking the bales to prepare them for the wire mesh and the plaster. This is done on both the inside and out. Alll the walls need to be tamped into place as well and be as level as possible. We also started placing the windows, which involved flashing them to keep the moisture out. Straw bale is very labor intensive but rewarding as well. To learn how you can be involved in one of these workshops visit strawbale.com.