I discovered how to do drinking straw strut construction when working as an enrichment teacher for WSWHE Boces in New York State. Hopefully my proposed conference workshop for the 2015 Bridges Conference will happen so that I can show others how to do this type of construction. The workshop is entitled "Geometrical Constructions Workshop". I hope that others will be encouraged to try this type of construction.
Essentially it's a double stacked icosahedron frame of painted paper straws interconnected using chenille stems.