balingfieldAs you know, The Last Straw is full of great articles from around the world focusing on stories in the field.  As a result, many of our articles are submitted by professionals, whether they be artisan plasterers, bale wall builders, engineers or material suppliers.  We understand that it takes time out of your busy schedule to write an article.  We want to trade for your work.  That is why we have created Ads for Articles.

We hope you take another moment of your valuable time to check this out.  We think you will find value here.

Ads for Articles is a trade between you and TLS.  In exchange for your article(s), we will compensate you by placing a graphical advertisement in our publication.  As of this initial offering we are still working out some of the minor details, which makes this the perfect time to try out the service because we are not going to be as strict in terms of ad placement or whether your ad is in our printed publication, on our website, or both.  We are going to be experimenting with what works best, and chances are you will get a lot of exposure to your target audience.

Ads for Articles is not a way to freely promote your organization (because we will have the final say on what gets printed), but it is an opportunity to share your work and advertise in our publication free of charge.

Ads for Articles works like this:

1. You submit an article at least 500 words in length for review by our editorial staff for inclusion on the website and/or in an upcoming publication.  We like pictures so make sure to include a few.  Oh, and all natural building topics are welcome, not just straw bale.

2.  We will respond by letting you know if it meets our criteria, which basically means it must possess value to our readership and not be a promotional piece.  The Last Straw reserve the right to refuse to print any submission.  At this point, we need to emphasize that the article is not the place to advertise your services.

3.  With a positive response that your work will be published you will be asked to submit a graphic advertisement or text for our classifieds section.

4.  Your advertisement will rotate on our website among other ads for three months and be published in an upcoming issue, to be determined by the TLS editorial staff.

This is a value worth hundreds of dollars in exchange for each story.  It’s that easy!!!

What are you waiting for?

See below for guidelines in terms of ad size and article length.

Bale on!

The TLS Staff



My Natural Building Practice in TAIWAN

| Asia, Community, Earth Buildings, Issue 69, Regional | One Comment

Architect LIN, Ya-Yin talks about her journey into natural building and it’s impact on her life and practice.

The Bay Eco-Village, From Straw to Resilience

| Bales, Community, Issue 69, Straw Bale Construction, Walls | No Comments

The folks at Eco-Logis have shared a blog entry about The Bay eco-village in Quebec.  Part of the article discusses their unique straw bale wall-building technique.

Insurance for Bale-Wall Structures

| Issue 68, Straw Bale Construction, Technical | No Comments

For too long the insurance industry has held the owners of straw bale buildings captive while they sway back and forth with the prevailing winds when it comes to insuring our buildings.  We begin to address this issue in the first of a series of articles on this topic.

Baling Straw Used for Construction

| Bales, Issue 68, Straw Bale Construction | No Comments

Western Colorado farmer and bale supplier, David Swinger, provides us with an in depth look at the variables and techniques of baling straw for buildings.

Cob Internal Walls

| Issue 68, Straw-Clay, Walls | No Comments

James Henderson shares his technique of using cob and plaster for finishing your interior walls. 

Manual Bale Press

| Bales, Issue 68, Uncategorized | No Comments

 Jeni Kardinal explains her manual bale press that was developed as part of her work in Bali.

Hidden Beauty – Adobe Wall

| Earth Buildings, Issue 68, Plaster, Walls | 2 Comments

Our own Satomi Lander and her husband Tom show us how they transformed what was a nondescript adobe wall into a beautiful feature in an older home.

The Art of Polished Clay Balls

| Issue 68, Japan | No Comments

Kyle Holzheuter steps outside of providing us with an article on building techniques and shares a novel use of clay.