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Building with Cob



My mother is attending a week-long cobbing seminar at Wattle Hollow. I would love to attend. In fact there's very little that I'd rather do these days, but as readers of my few recent posts already know, I'm currently engaged in a very different mode of daily activity.

The picture above shows Joy, the force behind Wattle Hollow and the seminar, and Youdit, one of the seminar participants.



My mother, in the white shirt, blows the dust off the stonework as she prepares to lay the first course of cob.









It started raining and everybody grabbed tarps to cover the building materials. Here my mother and Joy work to get the clay pit covered. As soon as they got everything under cover it stopped raining.







Joy shows me a peice of cobb of the ideal consistency. I poked it with a finger and it barely gave up a dimple under the pressure. The cob felt warm to the touch as it had been curring in the sun.



Rain will damage an unfinished cob wall, so it makes sense to put the roof up first.



Another cob structure at Wattle Hollow.

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carocrow
Jul. 18th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
Where is that? The flora is gorgeous.
kmo
Jul. 18th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
Where is that?
Northwest Arkansas.
carocrow
Jul. 19th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Where is that?
I would have never imagined; it's so tropical looking. Is it at a high elevation there?

I like the adobe look to the finished product.
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