Natural Building & Cob Workshop

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altFriday 4th May to Thursday 10th May 2012

The Village, Cloughjordan

In conjunction with the Cob Cottage Company in Oregon, USA with Paul Dillon and Jo Forsyth

The Village, Cloughjordan | €300 (€250 Unwaged) | Contact Deirdre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +353 86 2851600

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
  • windows
  • doors
  •  niches
  • cob sculpture
  • built-in furniture
  • basic woodworking
  • earthen floors
  • roofing
  • 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.