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Cob and Natural Building Classroom Workshop


April 15, 2017 - April 16, 2017 Contact

Dates: April 15-16, 2017

Times: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (we’ll break for lunch around noon)

Location: Monteagle, Tennessee at the Smoke House Lodge

Join us for this unique and fun learning experience in our Cob and Natural Building “Classroom Workshop” in Monteagle, Tennessee!

This is a great opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of cob construction and Natural Building, which are usually not taught in other workshops. We will cover a wide range of topics so that you will know how to build a cob house from start to finish. Whether you are new to cob and Natural Building, this class will be very beneficial to your success.

The “classroom workshop” is unique from our traditional hands-on workshops in a few ways. Instead of focusing on the physical actions involved in building something, we will focus on architectural design and getting a well-rounded understanding of building with cob, earth materials, and Natural Building as a whole. This class will be taught in a presentation style where we can study building diagrams and learn in a casual classroom type of setting.

This classroom workshop will be taught by Alex Sumerall, an east coast Natural Builder who has a focus on creating earthen structures that are healthy, aesthetically pleasing, and functional for modern life. He is the owner of This Cob House LLC, which is dedicated to teaching people about cob and natural building techniques. Alex has a background in business and advertising, and has been practicing Natural Building since 2011. He graduated from the Aprovecho School of Natural Building in 2013 in Cottage Grove, Oregon, and continues to teach, present, consult, and construct.

Curriculum Topics

  • Introduction to Natural Building
  • Foundations (Rubble Trench, Stone, Concrete)
  • Windows & Doors
  • Walls (Cob, Rammed Earth, Adobe, Wattle & Daub, Superadobe, Strawbale, Light-Straw-Clay, Hempcrete)
  • Bond Beams and Roofing
  • Electrical & Plumbing
  • Cob Ingredients – Soil, Sand, Straw, Water
  • Testing and Selecting Soil
  • Site Preparation
  • How to Make Cob (Tarp Method, Mechanized Methods)
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Thermal Mass and Insulation
  • Building Cob Walls
  • Hybrid Building Design
  • Building Codes and Permits Discussion
  • Natural Finishes (Earthen, Lime, Tadelakt)
  • Basements
  • Earthen Floors
  • Plus much more!
  • We will also do several Q&A sessions to get all your various questions answered.


  • Learn building design, which is not taught in other workshops
  • You will learn about many often overlooked topics in building
  • Get personal attention to your questions
  • Learn in a comfortable setting with other like-minded people

Bonus Materials

  • Build a Cob House: A Step-By-Step Guide (eBook)
  • Cob to Code (eBook)


We have a 20% discount at the Smoke House Lodge for attending this event.

Please call 931-924-2091 to make a lodging reservation. Tell them you’re coming for the event with This Cob House to reserve the discount on your room.

This is a very comfortable and well-priced accommodation and I highly recommend staying here. We will be hosting the workshop here so it is also the most convenient location to stay at in town.


The Smoke House Lodge has a full restaurant and general store where you can get food. The food is excellent, by the way! There are also several restaurants and a few grocery stores in town.


Early bird special: $199 if you register and pay before April 1st.

Regular price: $249

Click here to register today!


April 15, 2017
April 16, 2017
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Smoke House Lodge
844 W Main St, Monteagle, TN 37356 United States
(931) 924-2091


Alex Sumerall