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Cob Oven Weekend
July 8, 2022 ∞ 8:00 am - July 10, 2022 ∞ 5:00 pm$500
Cob Oven Weekend – $500
July 8th-10th (From 9am on the 8th to 3pm on the 10th)
This workshop is a great introduction to natural building materials and methods. We will build a wood-fired
cob bread/pizza oven from start to finish. Students will build the stone foundation, firebrick hearth, cob
structure, and finish the oven with earthen plasters. We will also build an attached cob wall and a
cast-in-place concrete countertop. You will learn the skills to go home and build your own oven!
What to expect:
Our days will be spent engaged in hands-on building and learning with natural materials. Expect a rich
weekend of natural and community building with the group. We’ll work, learn, eat, and relax with each
other in a positive, hard-working, fun atmosphere. Conversation on natural building will provide constant
background chatter throughout the weekend. Evenings are typically unscheduled so folks have time to
enjoy the site, explore nearby towns, or relax around the fire.
We will make time for a few focused discussions on related natural building subjects such as
straw-bale construction, passive solar design, wood framing, roofing, permits and codes, and more.
Michael may give an interesting slideshow presentation.
Our site is Stablegate Farm, a beautiful family owned winery, wedding venue, and spiritual center.
Located at 10-12 Linda Way Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033. Camping facalties include a bathouse
with toilet/sink, a hot/cold water outdoor shower, and a fire pit gathering area.
We will serve three meals daily, cooked on-site by staff. The food will be healthy and filling vegetarian
cuisine with a vegan option. Many of the ingredients will be sourced from local farms. Please indicate any
food allergies upon registration.
The workshop will begin at 9am on Friday the 8th. We will break for lunch around 1pm and work again
until 5pm. The evening is informal and unscheduled, although a campfire hang-out will be available.
Breakfast will be served at 8am with the workshop to follow. Saturday we have to end early, around 3pm
to accommodate a wedding that day. Participants may arrive Thursday evening to set up camp, but no
meals will be provided until lunch Friday.
Michael McDonough is a Troy, NY based building contractor, designer, and educator. His work can be
found at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Oxmoor
Farm, and a number of happy homesteads around the east coast. He learned a great deal by working with
leading natural builders including Ianto Evans, Clark Sanders, Thea Alvin, Ben Simpson. He has taught
about 20 natural building workshops.
What to bring:
* Camping equipment including tent, sleeping bag, flashlight
* Work clothes and shoes. Slip on/off shoes are recommended, such as crocks, sandals, etc.
* Work gloves
* Sunscreen, bug spray, hat, water bottle, rain gear
* Notebook, building plans or sketches to discuss
Tuition is $500 and includes the camping fee, workshop experience and materials, and all meals. Group
rates, discounts for previous students, or for taking multiple courses are possible.
You may register via paypal by sending the tuition to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mail your tuition check to the address below and we will confirm your registration via email.
Rising Earth Natural Building
363 3rd St.
Troy, NY 12180
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