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From the Ground Up with COB


October 1, 2014 - October 5, 2014 Contact

Tuition: $379 Early Bird ~ $649 Couples Early Bird

Natural Stone Foundation
Building Cob Walls
Sculptural ~ Artistic Cob
Natural Plaster & Lime Plaster
Earthen (Adobe) Floor
See below for more information or contact Diane Jennings @ 606-256-8954
or visit our website to register at http://www.disputantacob.com

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 with glob cob and cob bricks
– 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.

Sculptural cob
During this part of the workshop we will learn how to sculpt and trim, as well as 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.

Natural Plaster
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.

Earthen Floor
As a special treat, 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 building, set up the frame, and see the final step to building with earth.

– 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.

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.


October 1, 2014
October 5, 2014
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Disputanta Cob