Decorative Miniature Straw Bales

Illinois collector's miniature straw bales are a popular show attraction.

Above: Clarence Keiser (right) with his miniature baler. A finished bale has just dropped off the baler. “You can’t go to sleep running this,” he says. “It can be dangerous, and you have to watch out for kids.”Left: Clarence Keiser, feeding the baler. He gets about 12 miniature bales from each regular-size square bale.