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BUILDING WITH COB 101 plus Tadelakt Plaster! 4th of July Weekend$219
July 3, 2015 @ 8:00 am - July 5, 2015 @ 5:00 pm Contact
July 3-5, 2015- Central KY
►Soil Tests & Cob Brick Tests
►Mixing and Building with Cob
►Natural Plasters & Lime Plasters
►Tadelakt Plaster ~ Waterproofing Cob!!
$219 – 2 Week Early Bird special
$389 – Couples Early Bird
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Building with Cob 101 Overview
This is a practical hands-on workshop designed for those who want more than just theory and observation.‘Learn by Doing’ is coupled with complete instructional segments and ample opportunity for practice.
While there are volumes written about soil tests, nothing beats getting your hands in the mud to get the feel of it. To check quality and quantity of clay, we will conduct the snake test, a cut test, and a shake test. You will ‘Learn by Doing,’ and go home with confidence, after mixing a number of recipes’ to create test cob bricks.
Mixing and Building with Cob
Based on our soil tests, we will choose materials, clay soil, sand and straw, and mix cob using the tarp mixing method. You will ‘Learn by Doing,’ and discover by feel what is right amount of time to mix the recipe’ dry, when to add water and how much, what is the correct texture to call it finished, and how much is enough or too much straw.
Working with natural plasters is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of creating an earthen structure; the dessert after the main course of building with cob. We will explore and compare a variety of recipes.
We will consider the advantages and challenges of using lime, and learn how to prepare a cob wall to receive a lime plaster. We will also consider and discuss what is an appropriate application for using lime.
Tadelakt is an ancient, Moroccan method of plastering that is over 4,000 years old. Amazingly, it can be used to waterproof cob, with the cob remaining gas permeable. Perfect for waterproofing a tub or hot tub sculpted out of cob ~ exactly what we will be doing! Additionally, we will be adding mineral pigments to the finish coat to create brilliant colors.
We will start each day with breakfast, & begin building at 8:00. We will break for lunch at 12:00, & work will end at 5:00. We suggest out of town guests, as well as local folks, to arrive the night before to set up camp. We will eat three meals a day together every day for each day of the workshop.