From the Ground Up with COB – June 25-29
Location: Berea, KY
Tuition: $479, Last Minute Couples Special - $649 - Any Two People
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Natural Stone Foundation,
Building Cob Walls / Solar
Sculptural Cob & Furniture
Natural Plaster / Lime Plaster
Natural Stone Foundation
- Site Selection, Site Prep, & Establish Drainage
- Choose Materials & Build a Rubble Trench
- Prep Stones, Slake Lime, & Make Lime Mortar
We will build a lime mortared foundation suitable for a cob structure. You will learn everything you need to know to build a lime mortar foundation for a building, including site selection, drainage, using lime, choosing materials, and utility access.
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 w/ foot mixed & tractor cob
- Trim & shape walls using a cob saw
- Bury roof anchors & build cob up to beams
We will cover just about every aspect of building cob walls including, site selection and passive solar design, building your home on a solid foundation, sourcing materials for a good cob mix, setting windows and doors, and placing anchors in cob walls for the roof.
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, and will work with natural mineral pigments to create various colors & effects.
We are delighted to offer the opportunity to see a solar system installed. Aside from utilizing passive solar, which is also taught and emphasized in our workshops, becoming familiar with how to install and use a solar system is a giant step forward toward sustainability.
Kids Cob Camp
We have a fabulous program for children 2 to 12 which includes a wide variety of age appropriate activities, including the kids working on their own cob project, and unrelated to cob, super fun stuff as well. It is truly a cob camp for kids that they will never forget! Registration for the kids program includes the costs of the facilitator, materials for crafts, etc., and of course meals, snacks and camping.
Contact Diane Jennings at 606-256-8954 or visit our website to register: http://www.disputantacob.com