September 2011

Just Swingin' away!

Sep
30

My my, what a great day! Yesterday I was finally able to hang our door! It may not sound like much, but for us it was a really special event. Up until then, the building has had a kinda cold feeling to it. It was something you just kinda stood back and viewed at a distance. Looking it over and talking about different parts of it. Well, with the door on, it seems to have changed my whole perspective. Now it kinda whispers to you, "Welcome. Come on in. This is YOUR home."

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Making Our Hat.

Sep
29

Well, we are still trying to finish up the cob. If the sky is clear and it's not our turn to make supper, we get in a batch or two when Patricia gets home from work. It's very slow going, but we are still plugging away. With winter on our doorstep, we can't afford to stop and sit idle. So while Patricia's at work, Phoenix and I do what we can to keep things rolling. And now we are starting to make the hat for the studio.

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Poor Productivity.

Sep
26

So this past week, and over the weekend, not much has been done to the cob home. The entire week was filled with clouds and unpredictable showers. We pretty much left the walls all tarped up. Saturday was the first day that the clouds had broken up, and we were able to do a couple of batches. It was just enough to finish up the east wall. So now we have just two walls to go. And according to the forecast, this week is looking much brighter. Hopefully we can knock out the walls by the end of the weekend.

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Bitter Sweet

Sep
18

This weekend is another wash. We had high hopes of doing some more cobbing, and possibly even finishing it up. The weather forecast showed a sunny day on Saturday, and some rain on Sunday. So when the sun came up on Saturday morning, we were quick to jump on the day. With our pant legs rolled up we started to cob. With just a foot left to go on three walls, there isn't much left.

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An Evening With a Giant.

Sep
13

Here's a blog that's a little late in the telling. A couple of weekends ago we had to take a short trip into Thunder Bay for a medical exam. From where we're at, it's not really a hop, skip and jump away, so we knew we were looking at an overnighter. And as far as Patricia was concerned, she couldn't have been happier. Without a second thought, she knew exactly where we would stay for the night. With the Giant!

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One Wall Up, and Three More To Go.

Sep
12

It's been a while since we put our very first hunk of cob on the wall, and now we are counting down to our last. I did a bit of some rough calculations and as of this moment, I figure we have 22 more buckets of clay and 44 more buckets of sand to finish up our cobbing. Which equals 1-1/2 more 55 gallon drums of sifted clay and 22 more sled fulls of sifted sand. Which can then be calculated to 11 or 22 more batches of cob, depending if we are laying 6" or 12" lifts. I don't know about you, but 11 batches sounds much better than 22.

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Deadmen Tell No Tales.

Sep
09

Deadmen tell no tales,
No deeds of greatness,
Nor stories regaled.

Deadmen lay in line,
Straight in a row,
And forgotten in time.

Deadmen stiff and cold,
Above their head,
A roof they hold.

Alas it should be understood,
That the men I speak of,
Are made of wood.
___________________________

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Garden Growth.

Sep
08

So it`s been either raining, or threatening to rain, pretty much all week so progress with the cob studio has been spotty at best. So I`ll give an update on our garden. I can`t forget about the garden. Although half of the vegetables have already lived their full lives, there are still plenty others continuing to grow and produce. I hope they are getting close though because the days are getting cooler. Not good for the heat loving plants.

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