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Learn to build with one of the oldest, most sustainable and abundant materials on the planet: Cob.
Cob is a mixture of clay based soil, sand, straw and water which some of the oldest buildings on earth are made from. In this workshop we will be constructing a cob fence for the entrance of silk farm.
Over the two days the skills you will learn are:
– how to assess soils for suitability for earth building
– Create a foundation for a cob wall
– Different methods of mixing cob
– How to place cob to build a wall mass
– How to detail a wall with bottles, sculptures and holes for windows
This workshop will be Facilitated by Kyle Taylor, a keen earth builder and permaculturist who has spent the last 8 years building a varied skill set in all things related to sustainability and happy, simple living with minimal impact on the earth.
We recommend you bring:
– Work boots or gum boots
– A hat
– A water bottle
– Your Lunch
What Inspired Us To Run this cob building Workshop?
April and Kyle (a permaculture graduate of April’s at Permaculture Institute Sydney) attended the recent Conference Earth Building of Australia Association. There we saw great presentations by elders in the industry. With a climate in crisis, we need to start building in Cob is by the Earth and good for the earth. Graham North promotes building in Earth as a new way of thinking.
North encourages us to:
think in terms of build with carbon
research and build science,
create a de-carbonised economy
incorporate of a wide range of appropriate low carbon or carbon sequestering bio-materials
collaboration and cooperation between all natural builders
education with natural building schools
good design guides within supportive regulatory systems
Graeme North, FNZIA, BArch, Dip Perm, representing EBANZ ( Earth Building Association of New Zealand), has over 45 years experience with hundreds of projects to his credit. A dedicated eco-designer, his work can be found from Otago to Northland in New Zealand, garnering him both a national and international reputation for his design of natural buildings. He has specialised in designs that use a wide range of natural materials and appropriate building technology as well as offering specialist assistance or peer review in these specialties for other owners, designers and/or Building Consent authorities. www.ecodesign.co.nz
How Environmental is Cob?
Unlike Brick, Concrete or Steel, Cob requires little transport, energy to process, or machinery. Cob has been used for thousands of years and many buildings have lasted for centuries. Best of all, Cob can be built without great muscle or skills by anyone with a little patience and enthusiasm. We need a new fence. A big tree fell down and crushed the fence. So lets build skills as well as a new fence.