Cob Studio

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Homey Touches.

Feb
25

Well, we finished installing the flooring. Everything with it's installation went pretty smooth. The wood I had was just barely enough to finish the job. Each plank spans the entire length of the room so there aren't any joints. For the most part anyway. I did have to piece together the last three. Which, I must say, looks even better than the full length planks because I think it adds a little more flavour to the floor. Had I known this, I probably would have intentionally cut all of them so that there would be jointing across the whole floor.

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An Evening In The Cob Studio.

Feb
15

My what warm weather we are having! So far, all winter long it has been pretty mild. Not a whole lot of snow and just a handful of cold snaps. I'm not complaining at all, but I'm just not so sure it's a good thing to have such strange weather. Generally, after February is when things start warming up. It's either going to be an extra early Spring, or a really late Winter. But since the weather was especially mild today, Phoenix and I decided to head out to the cob studio and get working on the flooring.

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Pocket Rocket Mods.

Jan
29

All last week I've been thinking on making some modifications to the pocket rocket. After I built it, I read that the metal bucket will burn to a crisp real quick. I read that after only two burns, the rocket could be toast. They didn't say anything about the environment in which they were using the stove, but it seems to be well known that if a fire is burning directly on sheet steel, it won't last long. So I wanted to devise a simple way to get the fire off of the bottom of the can. A quick rummage through my 'inventory', gave me some good options.

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Pocket Rocket.

Jan
24

"Come on Little Darlin', lets go try this out!" That's what I told Phoenix when I finished building the pocket rocket. And I don't know about her, but I was stoked about stoking this little contraption. So we jammed our feet in our boots, I grabbed all the parts to the rocket, and we headed out to the cob studio. Overall, the pocket rocket was a very easy project to build and took less than a day to put it all together. It was so easy, but yet I still managed to make a mistake.

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Back To Business

Jan
16

Well, things around the house have simmered down quite a bit. The holiday haze has receded and Patricia and I are beginning to work on some new things. The festivities and the break from our labours was a nice change, but now it's time to get back into it. I don't want to get too rusty ya' know. So what's next? Before I get into that, I'll recap on where we're at right now.

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Prepping For Tread.

Nov
21

Apparently I must have slept through our first winter storm because everything is covered in snow. No, actually we've been having lots of scattered and sporadic snow flurries these past couple of weeks, and with the temperature staying under 0 deg.C, none of it has had a chance to melt. So the layers of snow have been stacking, and now there's plenty of snow covering the landscape. I love it!

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Ready For a Final. Huzzah!

Nov
15

Mid November and we are finally finished with the bulk of the Sioux Studio, and not a moment too soon. The temperature these days are pretty steady at around 0 deg. C (+/- 5 deg.) and the snow is falling and flying in fantastically flaky flurries. The trees and grasses are covered in a nice white blanket in the morning, and by the evening it's all melted away, only to be repeated the following day. We haven't gotten the 'big' snow storm yet, but I reckon it ain't far off. At least we've reached the point in the construction of our cob building to call it finished ...

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A Shiny Peak.

Nov
07

Another fine weekend with oodles of progress. Yup, the roof is up! Finally. And not a moment too soon either. The forecast is predicting snow flurries for this coming week. They will be mixed with rain though, so I'm thinking we'll still be ok for working outside. At least we don't have to worry about having the inside of the studio being filled with snow, or getting wet. Well, to be honest, the roof is up, but not complete. There are still ways for the rain and snow to fall inside.

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Bit By Little Bit.

Nov
01

Well, it was scheduled to have the roofing delivered over this past weekend but sadly it didn't happen. Not only was the lumber company late receiving it from the supplier, but we also didn't have the money to seal the deal. So it's there sitting in their yard waiting. But this Friday we will be making the final payment and hopefully be installing the metal on Saturday. But, even though we didn't roof over the weekend, we did do a few other things that were needed.

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