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Learn to Build a Wood Fired Cob Oven


May 30, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Contact

Come out for the day, May 30 2015 and learn all about building with earth: specifically how to use it to build a super efficient wood fired oven. You will gain the skills to build your very own wood-fired oven, made from natural materials, including clay, sand, straw and bricks.

This workshop will take place in Armstrong, BC (in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia).

About the Workshop:

Throughout the course of one day, we will build a cob oven, (cob: a mixture of clay, sand & straw), so you’ll have very practical experience to accompany the theory and design information that is covered during as well.

These ovens create an exceptional environment for baking artisan breads and amazing pizza, as well as stews, roasts, delicious veggies, cinnamon buns, baked desserts and more.

And we’ll show you how it can be done with minimal cost!

Some of topics that we’ll be covering during the day:

• identify ideal place for your oven

• create a base for an oven

• identify suitable soil for making cob

• lay firebricks for an effective hearth

• build an oven form

• mix thermal cob & natural insulation for a super efficient oven

• build the different cob layers for the oven

• build the perfect door

• use wood efficiently

• bake perfect bread

Learn From Experience:

Based in Penticton, BC Ashley Lubyk & Heather Noakes of Dirt Craft Natural Building, have taught over 500 students, and built over 50 cob ovens since we officially became a business in 2010. This means we have encountered many different, and sometimes difficult scenarios. Often, the most difficult task is to figure out how to take unfamiliar material and turn it into cob, earthen plasters or even earthen floors. We bring this experience and knowledge to each workshop, so that when you encounter your own difficulties, during your own project, you will be armed with all of the necessary information to make good decisions when the time comes.

Thoughts on Natural Building Education:

We strongly believe that natural building is best learned in a hands-on environment, and this is why we always work on real projects in our workshops. Our goal is to ensure that you get the education and experience you need, to have the confidence to work on your own projects. We want to contribute in a positive and meaningful manner to the natural building community and we think that education, with integrity, in the latest building techniques can expand and add to this emerging field.

For more information about cob ovens, natural building and to register please visit http://dirtcraft.ca/workshop/learn-to-build-a-wood-fired-cob-oven-armstrong-bc/

9am – 4:30pm. $100. Space is limited to 14 participants.


May 30, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Dirt Craft Natural Building