From the Ground Up with COB ~ Labor Day$379
September 1 - September 5 Contact
~ Natural Stone Foundation
~ Building Cob Walls
~ Sculptural ~ Artistic Cob
~ Natural & Lime Plasters
~ Earthen (Adobe) Floor
~ 5 Day Workshop
~ On-site Camping
~ Three Meals a Day
Early Bird Special $379!
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Natural Stone Foundation
– Site Selection, Site Prep, & Establish Drainage
– Choose Materials & Build a Rubble Trench
– Prep Stones, Slake Lime, & Make Lime Mortar
– Build a Foundation using Basic Masonry Techniques
Building Cob Walls
During this part of the workshop we will learn how to build cob walls, and ‘learn by doing’ as we:
– Choose materials and mix cob
– Build cob with forms and free form
– Trim & shape walls using a cob saw
– Make corbel cob for sculpted elements
During this part of the workshop we will learn how to sculpt and trim, as well a make a special kind of cob called corbel cob. Corbel cob can be used to cantilever furniture and shelves, sculptures, window sills, and an endless variety of artistic embellishments that can be added to your cob home.
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.
Lime Plaster & Lime Paint
We will consider the advantages and challenges of using lime, as we create various colors & effects with natural mineral pigments.
We will be pouring a natural earthen floor, sometimes called adobe, on the last day of the workshop. We will learn by doing as we prepare materials, choose appropriate insulation, prep the sub floor, set up the frame, and see the final step to building with earth.