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Cob Building Course (including Oven Workshop)$450
July 11, 2016 @ 9:00 am - July 17, 2016 @ 4:00 pm Contact
Ready to get your hands dirty? Join us for 7 days of theory & design, hands-on natural building and exploratory tours of local structures and homes that were built using different techniques. This course is designed to immerse you in the methods used to create sustainable, healthy, made-from-local materials, energy efficient, aesthetic, functional and owner-build structures to add beauty and form to your landscape. This course focuses on cob building and a one day earth oven workshop.
In this workshop, you will learn from and actively build alongside instructors as we create an outdoor kitchen for our intern village. We will also construct an earthen wood fired oven on the second to last day.
Proper design for energy efficiency (passive solar, air circulation, etc).
Methods that work best in different climates.
Overview of needed tools
How to source and test locally available materials.
Pre-construction design – How to choose a building site.
Building a rubble trench & ensuring proper drainage
Building stem walls (we will be using recycled urbanite or old concrete)
Proper and efficient mixing of cob
Building and shaping cob walls
Sculptural cob – carving niches and making relief work on cob
Creating entrances and doors
How to mix and apply lime & earth plasters and earthen paints
How to work with stone.
Natural Building slideshow (overview of different techniques)