Cob Studio

Slip Straw

Oct
23

When you fall down, there's not much else you can do but pick yourself back up. And well, we are on our feet again and it's time to push on. So this morning we slid on our boots, pulled up our sleeves and with the determination like salmon during spawning season, went out to work on the cob studio. The past two weeks have been very windy and very wet, so the job site is pretty much in tatters. Tarps are strewn about, all torn and shredded. And walking around the cob building is a hassle because any bit or clump of clay seems to become magnetically charged to your shoes.

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Cobbing Complete!

Oct
12

Hooray, were are all done cobbing! Well, mostly anyway. There're still touch-ups to do like around windows, niches and shelving but the walls are complete and boy are we happy about that! We had pretty much the entire west and north walls to cob over the weekend, and we were able to pull it off. But it was close.

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Riding the Cob Express!

Oct
07

It was mid June when our shovel took it's first bite into the earth. Since then we have been working away trying to get our cob studio built before winter. We've had our ups, and we've had our downs. We've had our smiles and we've had our frowns. Well it's October now, and Fall is in full swing. The birch have turned bright orange and gold. Some have even dropped their leaves altogether. More and more geese can be seen flying overhead, making their way south. Yup. It won't be long now before we get hit with our first burst of snow. And still there is plenty that needs doing.

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The Roof Top Hop!

Oct
03

The cob studio is really starting to take shape now! With clear skies and a small breeze over the weekend, we were able to get the roof framing set on the walls. We even went so far as to put a temporary sheathing on top. But the install was hardly a cake walk, but in the end we proved victorious.

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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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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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