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Bill Steen

Bill Steen is a photographer and collaborative builder who is especially interested in combining building techniques with community-enhancing approaches to design. Athena and Bill are co-founders of the Canelo Project, through which they conduct ecological design and construction workshops in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. They live in Canelo, Arizona.

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    Bill's Books

    The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes

    The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes makes a wonderful addition to the straw enthusiast's library and a delightful introduction for straw bale beginners. Includes recipes for homemade paints and earth plasters as well as invaluable insights into designing and building with straw bales.

    The Straw Bale House

    Imagine building a house with superior seismic stability, fire resistance, and thermal insulation, using an annually renewable resource, for half the cost of a comparable conventional home. Welcome to the straw bale house! Whether you build an entire house or something more modest--a home office or studio, a retreat cabin or guest cottage--plastered straw bale construction is an exceptionally durable and inexpensive option. What's more, it's fun, because the technique is easy to learn and easy to do yourself. And the resulting living spaces are unusually quiet and comfortable.

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