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This photo is an earthen floor and a cob (clay, sand, straw) bench built inside a passive solar strawbale home. Read more at www.franckdeboute.blogspot.fr/2010/12/bientot-sur-vos-ecrans-le-grand-benoit.html (more pics at www.embrunsdherbe.blogspot.fr/)

Members of the National Federation of Farmers' Unions (FNSEA) and young farmers struggle with CRS riot police as they burn rice straws to protest against their conditions and tax increases in front of the National Assembly in Paris, June 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

Ms. Carter in British Vogue, wears a Benoit Missolin Straw and Tulle Hat

before you take on building your project, start by sculpting yourself a model. You can use clay soil or purchase modelling clay...it doesn't matter. Your model will represent the thick walls of whatever system you are actually building with. Make sure your model represents some sort of scale...like 1/4" for each foot of the building. This is a passive solar cob house at Earthaven Ecovillage by Steveo Brodmerkel, www.kleiwerks.org