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Kids Cob Camp and From the Ground Up with COB$379
July 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am - July 21, 2016 @ 5:00 pm Contact
From the Ground Up with COB July 17-21, 2016 – Central KY
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$379 – Early Bird Special
$649 – Couples Early Bird
$279 – Kids Cob Camp
~ Natural Stone Foundation
~ Building Cob Walls
~ Sculptural ~ Artistic Cob
~ Natural & Lime Plasters
~ Earthen (Adobe) Floor
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
We will build a lime mortared foundation suitable for a cob structure. We encourage participants to work at a pace comfortable for you as you learn to choose suitable stones to piece together the puzzle that will become the foundation.
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 cob with forms and free form
– Trim & shape walls using a cob saw
– Make corbel cob for sculpted elements
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.
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.
Finishing a sculpted hot tub, we will be learning about and applying a 5,000 year old Moroccan method of plastering to waterproof cob.
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.
Kids Cob Camp We have a fabulous program for children 3 to 11 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.
We will start each day with breakfast, & begin building at 8:00. We will break for lunch at 12:00, & work will end at 5:00. We suggest out of town guests, as well as local folks, to arrive the night before to set up camp. We will eat three meals a day together every day for each day of the workshop.
For more information call Diane at 606-256-8954, or see our website to register at http://www.disputantacob.com