[Strawbale] building with hemp straw bales?

Chug chug at strawbale-building....uk
Tue Jun 2 15:35:34 CEST 2009

Hi Ivan and Jana,

I havenn't built using hemp bales but I have had to remove them from a 
building A Pertwood Permaculture in Wiltshire as they gotten wet, it was six 
sided with 3 sides each of wheat and hemp, the hemp bales didn't seem to 
stand up to the wetting as well as the wheat straw and it powdered easily 
when rubbed in your hand.
I understand wetting the hemp is part of the process to seperate the hemp 
hurds from the fibres, on a side note I'm only a couple of miles from where 
some hemp growing trials took place, the local teenagers were stealing buds 
from the 10ft plants and smoking them thinking it was skunk, but all they 
got was a headache!

chug at strawbale-building....uk
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jana Hanulova" <janocka at yahoo...>
To: <strawbale at amper....muni.cz>
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 11:35 AM
Subject: [Strawbale] building with hemp straw bales?


we have just recently (re-)started growing industrial hemp in Slovakia,
and would be interested to know whether any of you have experience in 
building with
hemp straw bales.

We are looking for any contacts, tips, and especially any technical data
on hemp straw bales, especially in comparison with traditional bales.

Thanks a lot!

Ivan and Jana Basnak


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