- Category: Green Building Archive
Friday 4th May to Thursday 10th May 2012
In conjunction with the Cob Cottage Company in Oregon, USA with Paul Dillon and Jo Forsyth
Concerned about the world's state of affairs? Wish you could make a change? Yes, you can! Learn the practical skills to design and build your own Natural Home in just 6 days.
Deirdre and Andrew moved to the ecovillage in Cloughjordan to build a low-impact eco-house using minimal machinery. The lower part of their curvy little 2-bedroom house is made from hand mixed cob.
The next stage will involve: building with cob and strawbale, clay plastering, attaching timber lintels and sills, and inserting windows.
This primarily hands-on course will also cover the following in detail:
- site selection and design
- how to approach planning permission
- site preparation
- tool care and maintenance
- material acquisition
- drainage and foundations
- natural wall systems
- cob sculpture
- built-in furniture
- basic woodworking
- earthen floors
- plasters, paints and finishes
Building experience, though welcome, is not essential.
Learning through DOING
Paul & Jo are teachers with the Cob Cottage Company for over 5 years.