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Update from “The Last Straw”, The International Straw Bale Journal

Update from The Last Straw on Issue #62, and their fundraising campaign

The good folks at The Last Straw are working feverishly to get Issue #62 out. If you are a subscriber, you can probably expect it to arrive around the beginning of February. Many of the articles are already up on the TLS website and are accessible to current subscribers. Unfortunately, re-launching The Last Straw international straw bale journal requires more resources than could be collected through subscriptions alone. That is why they have launched their current fundraising campaign. This is your chance to support them and ensure that they will continue delivering your favorite natural building journal.

To make this really easy for you, the folks at The Last Straw have created a crowd-funding campaign at All they ask is that each and every one of you donate whatever you can, even if it’s just a small amount. Their goal of $9,000 represents their entire fundraising needs for resuming their publication, so if they can do it all at once, you won’t be asked to donate anything more for a long time.

You can find The Last Straw crowdsourcing campaign here. There are some cool perks for donations of $20 and above, including one pristine copy of Build It With Bales, Volume 2, signed by Matts Myhrman and Steve McDonald.

If You Can’t Donate

If you are unable to make a monetary contribution, please at least email this update to your network of friends and associate and tell them how important it is. Or post it on your blog, to Facebook and Twitter. If you are the director of an association, please share this with your members. Let everyone know that TLS is here to stay but they need help!

What to Expect from the new TLS Straw Bale Journal

Some examples of what you can expect to see in the upcoming issues of TLS include a featured article with tons of beautiful pictures on natural building in Korea. This is the first part of a series on Asian natural building and it is truly spectacular! They cover building codes, how to deal with code officials and how straw bale construction and building science are evolving together. They’re working on stories covering large buildings, prefabricated panels, and natural hydraulic limes for your plaster.

Oh, did we mention that the new TLS journal will be in FULL COLOR? The days of black and white are gone and more pictures will be included in each issue.

We hope this will convince you to help out the good folks at TLS. Of course, subscribing and using some of the resources on The Last Straw website are also great ways to show your support.