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7-Day Cob and Straw Immersion

Join us for a week learning to build with cob and straw bales! You will leave this course ready to take on your own project. During this workshop we will cover these aspects of natural construction with both hands-on learning and discussion, from foundation through roof. Our spring 2018 immersion class will focus on creating a small earthen cottage on our campus here in Snow Camp, NC.  

Expect to learn:
*how to choose a building site
*executing a rubble trench foundation
*building a foundation stem-wall to support a natural wall
*mixing cob by foot
*mixing cob by machine
*applying, sculpting, and trimming cob
*installing and modifying strawbales
*how to incorporate proper details for long-lasting strawbale walls
*thermal properties of cob and strawbale
*pros and cons of both cob and strawbale
*hybrid and other natural walls (“balecob”, slip-straw, wattle and daub, etc…)
*intro to mixing and applying natural lime and clay plasters
*installing windows and doors
*very basic wiring in natural walls
*basic round pole framing
*framing a simple roof
*in-depth discussion of living roof installation (potential for hands on

***Three healthful, home-cooked meals are provided each day! You are encouraged to stay on campus all week, either tenting or renting a tiny sleeping cottage. Sharing time in this community of people is a wonderful part of the workshop experience.

Early Bird Rate (30 days in advance): $900
Regular Fee: $1000

***Additional Discount: 10% for family and friends participating together

***Work trade options available

email with any questions, we look forward to hearing from you!

Earlier Event: April 22
Intro to Cob
Later Event: May 31
Natural Plasters and Paints