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.
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.
- 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.
- Call Diane Jennings at 606-256-8954 for more information.
Roofing a Cob Building
Cob must be protected with a sturdy roof to last the centuries that this ultimate sustainable building technique will provide. As with all the techniques learned at this workshop, this will be a hands-on day of building. We will assemble together and build the basic roof components: Beams, Rafters, and Perlins. We will consider the options of finishing with metal or an earthen roof.
Takelakt Plaster - Waterproofing Cob
The project we will waterproof is a bath house with a hot tub and shower. The hot tub is finished, but we will Tadelakt the shower.
Kids Cob Camp
We have a fabulous program for children 3 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
Kid’s Cob Camp at Disputanta Cob is an opportunity for younger children to have hands on experience with cob building that is tailored to your child’s individual needs along with other creative activities and play that honors the natural world.
Flow of the Day
Each day will start with breakfast with, “Kids Cob Camp,” participants (the kids) and, “From the Ground Up with Cob,” participants (the parents) eating together. Kids Cob Camp will open with parents checking in after breakfast by 7:50, followed by Community Circle for sharing at 8:00. Ideas and feelings expressed by the group will guide which way the day moves with a certain organic flow.
Within that flow, your child will be provided opportunities to make a nature journal in which they can write or draw pictures that reflect their experience at Kids Cob Camp. We will take nature walks and make art with whatever the land provides and use upcycle materials to make percussion instruments for a rhythm circle. Children will be encouraged to create and tell stories, share music, poetry and dance.
Our cob project will be building a very small cob garden wall to create a micro environment to extend the growing season here in Kentucky at the building school. The kids will learn about growing veggies as well, and they will create a small organic garden that will include bean seeds on the verge of germinating. They will see the tender sprouts emerge by the last day of the workshop!
Please feel free to share with us your child’s (children’s) current interests, as well as any other information you may feel helpful to understanding your child, to create a great personal and community experience. No child is made to engage in any activity they find uncomfortable. All children are asked to consider the group if not participating in a certain activity, by finding their quiet space within the group area and not leaving.
Lunch and Snacks
For lunch break children will join adults, and then re-gather at youth area for a short quiet time just to be and observe nature, followed by Nature Gratitude Journals (writing, drawing, collage.) Please send an afternoon snack plus an extra snack for morning break that your child enjoys.. Please advise us of any special dietary needs, food allergies or restrictions.
Interaction and End of Day
Parents are welcome to drop in at any time daily to witness their child’s experience. Families with children have first dibs on showers, so around 4:00 parents should begin returning to their children for their family shower time and other needs before dinner.
Please pack Daily:
A change of clothes and shoes
Your child’s (children’s) snacks
A favorite nap friend for the wee ones
Our Youth Director,
Melissa Neal, has a broad range of experience working with children. She has a BS in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies. Melissa also has a Master’s in Social Work and has been practicing as an LCSW for 19 years, the last 5 of which have been in a school based clinic. Melissa also has experience with nature based work with women which spans 12 years. She is on the Women Quest Council as well as the Advisory Council for the Family Resource Center at Berea Community School. You may contact Melissa by calling her cell phone at 606 975 5274.
~ 6 Day Workshop
~ On-site Camping
~ Three Meals a Day
Lime Plaster & Lime Paint
We will consider the advantages and challenges of using lime, as we create various colors & effects with natural mineral pigments.
~ Natural Stone Foundation
~ Building Cob Walls
~ Sculptural ~ Artistic Cob
~ Natural & Lime Plasters
~ Tadelakt (Waterproof)
~ Earthen (Adobe) Floor
~ Roofing a Cob Building
10 Day Sale!
Register by June 1st!
$529 - Single 10 Day Sale
$899 - Couples 10 Day Sale
$379 - Kids Cob Camp
From the Ground Up with COB & Kids Cob Camp
As much as is
We try to prepare you to go home and be able to build your own home out of cob after attending a six day workshop with us.
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.
We will build a natural earthen floor, sometimes called adobe, during this 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.