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I love this quote from homeowner Ben – “No matter what, don’t be daunted. I failed special-ed geometry and look at me now – living in a house made of dirt!”
Cob truly is the people’s technology. If you can call it technology at all.
I’m pleased to announce that I will be teaching some elements of the Unearthed Building Craft Workshop Series in Worcestershire, UK.
While I don’t particularly like the poor use of space or the materials used… This does tie into an idea I have for a cob bookcase, perhaps with a window in the centre?
When building with cob or straw bale, your walls will be very thick.
This lends itself very well to making seating areas in the windows.
Enjoy the following inspiration!
“This blog is about following my dream to build a small Eco dwelling in a forest in South of Finland, by using only my bare hands, some friends’ help, as little money as possible and only natural materials from the surrounding environment (strawbale, wood and cob). The building work is to be carried out over three months in the Summer of 2012.” Continue reading
Here are the final shots from the playhouse @ Aprovecho.
There is still a little to do to make it complete, like installing the kitchen. But for now it at least a space that Gonzo can live in!
I just finished teaching ‘Natural Building Week’ for this Spring’s ‘Sustainable Living Skills’ program @ Aprovecho.
I had such a blast, teaching light straw clay, earthen plaster and cob.
Thanks to everyone who came and learned, everyone was so into the building it was such a joy!
Light Straw Clay
We mixed up straw and clay slip, then tamped the mix into forms. This creates a strong insulative wall system, that once dry, can be plastered without any preparation.
Project led by: Jeffrey!
Location: Pete’s Castle, Dunster, BC
Date: June 2012
This 22″ cob oven was built over a few weeks.
Everything except the firebrick and stove pipe were collected from within 5 minutes of the house. (And both of those were reclaimed)
The foundation is constructed from dry stacked rocks, sitting on top of that is a cob/rock layer to bring the oven upto a comfortable working height for Pete.
After a layer of insulation, there is the fire brick oven floor.