60 Day Early Bird Special!
Register by April 11th
$479 - Single Early Bird
$779 - Couples Early Bird
$379 - Kids Cob Camp
From the Ground Up with COB
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.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
~ 6 Day Workshop
~ On-site Camping
~ Three Meals a Day
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.