[Strawbale] Re: [Strawbale] Homemade baler box
Coralie & Andre de Bouter
m.ep at laposte...
Thu Nov 21 09:39:57 CET 2002
The press Simon used (wich Rikki discribed) is a typical press to recompress
the (too) soft straw bales. The lever is used to give compression and the
wires are then thightened to keep the bales dense. This lever is not very
practical if you intend to make a bale, only for the aftercompression of a
----- Original Message -----
From: m.ep <m.ep at laposte...>
To: strawbale <strawbale at amper....muni.cz>
Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 2:12 PM
Subject: [Strawbale] Re: [Strawbale] Homemade baler box
> Hi Chug, Han and others,
> Indeed we did make our own bales by hand and feet in India. We
> were happy with the results. See our website and The Last Straw
> Handles and levers do give more compression, but are extreemly
> time consuming since the straw needs to be compacted everytime
> you add a little.
> Feel free to ask more questions, I should be back online in a
> week or so.
> Bale on,
> > op 11-11-2002 11:26 schreef chug. op chug at strawbale-
> > Greetings Bale believers,
> > can anyone help? I have seen a picture on a website somewhere
> of a homemade
> > baling box with a long arm which people hung on to comprees
> the straw into
> > bales, but I cannot seem to remember or find the site where I
> saw this.
> > Regards Chug.
> > P.S Keep spreading the word!
> > chug at strawbale-building....uk
> > http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk/
> > Hello Chug,
> > I happened to see that picture too, only two days ago at a
> straw bale
> > builders' meeting at Cai's and Jolien's place in Amsterdam.
> André de Bouter
> > showed a lot of slides from all over the world at that
> occasion. A number of
> > them were about a project somewhere in India, where till then
> the straw bale
> > was an unknown phenomenom. André built a hand-and-foot
> powered straw bale
> > press that finally produced fine bales. André figured out
> that hanging
> > people to a long arm in order to compress the bales did not
> lead to a better
> > bale quality than compressing the straw by feet. That's all I
> know about it.
> > For more information you'd better contact André himself:
> m.ep at laposte...
> > Perhaps you'll find more at his beautiful website,
> > www.la-maison-en-paille.com
> > Regards,
> > Han van Drunen
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