Work Exchange & Work Parties

Work Exchange: Offer labor for education and experience.
Work Party: Ask for help on your building project in exchange for sharing your knowledge.
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  • Jessy Njau says:

    offer labor in exchange for experience my primary interest is natural home construction and permaculture.

  • Erica Hill says:

    Hello,
    I’m interested in learning how to build a cob home and would love to give a hand. I currently reside in Washington. I don’t have any near future plans for mine, but would like to start learning the entire process.

  • Jonathan Dockal says:

    I have some experience in home remodeling which mostly translates into the willingness to work hard. I am an artist with experience in working with clay and wood carving, always interested in scaling up of course. I’m from south central Texas, but willing to travel if able to.

  • Sydney says:

    I would love to help on a project sometime this summer! Dates and location flexible- I’m from FL but could travel. Thanks!

  • Frank mc keown says:

    I am a plasterer. Interested .in cob building .i would to work on cob housing

  • Binta P Diakite says:

    Oh I’m very interested in participating in the workshop!

  • emmy akin olivo says:

    I live in the East Bay Area, California, and I am designing a two-story ~950 sf house to build out of cob/bale. I have 0 experience, but I am studying and have a plan. I would like to get building with a team as soon as I can, probably by summer if permits don’t take too long. If anyone knows of groups or would like to work please let me know, thank you. <3

    • Binta P Diakite says:

      I’m very interested in helping out!

    • Leslie Harrison says:

      I doing a similar thing in Tulsa, OK. I have 5 lots on a city block (not contiguous) which is declining economically. I got the lots for less than $6K. I am interested in a small community and have people talking about doing things but no one is doing anything yet. I don’t have a plan yet but my interests are converging on a solar cob straw bale house of similar size to yours. I also would love to work/share on your construction project as early as possible. How is your permitting going in California? There is little knowledge or interest in cob/straw bale here. I’m thinking designing for code will be our biggest problem. I am interested in being off-grid with solar and batteries. Thanks.

  • Emily says:

    Hi! I would really love to learn about making cob structures, and I would be happy to do labor in exchange. I plan on building one day, but it is too distant in the future to say where or when. I am planning a road trip of sorts, and I would love to stop along the way to learn and work with cob! My aim is to go through California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, (maybe Utah) Colorado, Arizona, (maybe Nevada) and back to California. This would all be tentatively between April-June. I am hoping to be in MT in late May. Let me know if you have an opportunity in those times!! Thanks!

    • Kim says:

      Hi Emily,
      My friend and I are currently looking for land in the utah area. Ive been researching cob for several years.., so i have some knowledge of how to build, what we both lack however is physical ability…bad backs, shoulders knees..We can definitely do some of the work but we will definitely need help building. If you are interested, feel free to contact me.

  • Ranentawaks Lefort Cummings says:

    I would like to offer my labor in exchange for a learning experience in cob building. I live near Kingston, Ontario, Canada. It gets very cold here in the winter, i would like to know how cob or other natural materials hold heat in these conditions. I am hoping to pitch cob building as an idea to my community as we will be taking on a large project of building houses in the spring. Would love to hear from yous runnylcrocketmail@gmail.com

    • Dale says:

      Hi. I sent you an email about natural building in Alaska. Did you get it?

    • Dale says:

      We are a long way from Ontario, but we do have significant experience in natural building for cold weather climates (Alaska). We are also well connected with other natural builders in the area, including one intentional community with some huge projects.

      Building in cold climates is definitely different. One consideration is that insulation is more important than thermal mass. Thermal mass is valuable, but will not keep you warm by itself if you live in an area of sustained temperatures that are below freezing. This includes places like Alaska, and probably most of Ontario. During the course of a two-week cold spell, for example, the cold will penetrate the thermal mass walls unless they are inside an insulation envelope. There are other things to consider for cold climates, as well.

      Feel free to contact me if you want to ask questions, or if you are interested in visiting our area.

      Dale
      sbtmp1 (at) shamansweb (dot) com

  • Greg Long says:

    I would like to offer my labor for on-the-job learning and experience in the area of natural cob building. I am particularly interested in projects going on in Southern California this Winter. Thank you.

  • Aurelie says:

    Hello! I would be interested in hosting a cob workshop in May 2019 in north east TN. We are planning on building a contemporary 800 sq ft home.

    • Leslie Harrison says:

      Leslie Harrison April 23, 2019
      I live in Tulsa and have 5 lots on a city block (not contiguous) which is declining economically. I got the lots for less than $6K. I am interested in a small community and have people talking about doing things but no one is doing anything yet. I don’t have a plan yet but my interests are converging on a solar cob straw bale house of less than 1000 sq ft. I also would love to work/share on your construction project as early as possible, May 2019 sounds wonderful. There is little knowledge or interest in cob/straw bale here. I’m thinking designing for code will be our biggest problem. I am interested in being off-grid with solar and batteries.Someone recently got a variance for a duplex which will house 11 people on a similar plot to one of mine. Conventional building, though. Thanks.

      • Debbie says:

        I would be interested in helping, I have done a couple of work shops with Cob in Kentucky.
        Also if your land is located rural then codes might not be a big issue. I would love to build someday a straw bale/ earth-bag home if I ever get the property! Lol I’m in Michigan so Tennessee isn’t to far, not sure about Arkansas though.

  • We are located in Fayetteville, Ar. We are wondering about hosting a cobworkshop this summer.

  • George abbott says:

    Our family is starting the journey towards more sustainable way of life and we have chosen cob as the medium for the house we want to build. We want to find the “cob community” in the north east of the usa. Would love to learn and help with someone’s build. thank you

  • Eric says:

    I’m a multimedia artist with a science background and experience in DIY. I want to build a community of cob/straw bale houses, but first, I need to learn and build my own little tiny cob home.

    I’d love to learn and work with someone who has a project/various experience with natural materials/off gridding electric/plumbing. Open to building anything that would also be buildable in the Northeast climate.

    Besides the manual labor, I make beautiful things for a living and will sculpt and invent interesting projects with you.

    Best,
    Eric
    ejbrief (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Dale says:

      Hi, Eric,

      We have been building with cob, strawbales, earthbags, PAHS, and other natural building methodologies in Alaska for several years. We are also well-connected with a significant community of other natural builders. That’s a long distance from the Northeast US, but you’d be welcome to visit, or help. We’d also be very willing to just chat and answer questions. If you do decide to visit, we can introduce you to some builders. One of these is a huge project for an intentional community of about 70 people, where they have done a lot of research and experimentation.

      Let me know if we can help.
      Dale
      sbtmp1 (at) shamansweb (dot) com