Straw Bale Building by Bill and Athena Steen

Straw bale “Mandala Shed,” built and plastered at two of the workshops sponsored by Bill and Athena Steen at their headquarters in Canelo, Arizona. They are authors of the by-now-classic The Straw Bale House Book and conduct workshops off and on throughout the year. The mandala on the front was formed by carving out various layers of lime and clay. For information on this building, click here.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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