Wifey and I left the urchins with a friend and drove to Canelo this past Saturday. Canelo is a small community in southern Arizona where Bill and Athena Steen (straw bale construction gurus) direct the Canelo Project, a place where magical things happen with clay and straw. It was a fun time. We got to tour all their little straw bale cottages and outbuildings and learn a little about how it’s done. Bill and Athena looked at our home plans and we came away feeling pretty good about the direction we’re headed, at least as far as what we are building is concerned. Check out their site, there are lots of pictures.