Post by ignimbrite on Jun 24, 2008 22:41:53 GMT -5
From the Billings Gazette -
BUSBY - On a bluff overlooking Busby Creek, Winfield Russell is building his house alongside strangers who have come from across the U.S. to help him.
This week, they applied stucco - inside and out - on the straw bales covered with chicken-wire fence that form the walls. When the house is done, it will have an adobelike finish, and the thick, naturally insulated walls will block the frigid winds that blow in from the Wolf Mountain foothills to the south.
By the time they leave, those strangers, volunteers with the Red Feather Development Group, will have become Russell's friends.
Red Feather helps American Indians on reservations achieve home ownership. The straw-bale homes the organization builds are energy-efficient, super-insulated and constructed in about four weeks.