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For Out on Bale, the building blocks for success are made of straw.

This story appears in the September 1996 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Matts Myhrman and Judy Knox want to make the world a better place in which to live-better built, more affordable and kinder to our shrinking natural resources. Their mantra is "Build it with straw." Yes, straw-big, thick cubes of straw hay you can stack like children's building blocks, skewer with steel beams, and cover in stucco. Add the roofing, wiring and plumbing, and you've got a snugly built bale home.

Through Out on Bale (un)Ltd. in Tucson, Arizona, the husband-and-wife team provides seminars and consulting services on straw-bale construction. The Last Straw, their quarterly journal, presents the latest research on straw-bale developments and shares experiences of individuals who have built straw-bale homes as their primary residences.

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