Cob Studio

Cobbing Update.

Aug
29

So we've been continuing to work on the cob walls and things are starting to take shape. So far everything is still moving along nice and easy, without any major set backs. We are on our second truck full of sand, and will need at least one more to finish the job. Clay is still plentiful, and I imagine we are going to have quite a bit left. Probably enough to build another cob building if we wanted. There are some other projects that need to get done, but I have thoughts on trying to get a cob oven built next year if time permits.

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Cob Studio Blues.

Aug
22

Well, it's not looking very bright. We had hoped to be at 4-1/2' on the wall by today, but we only made it to 3'. At this rate we will not make the deadline by the end of the month. It's nice to have Patricia home on the weekends to work on the cob, but there are still other things that need to get done, and there has been a decent amount of rain to boot. If we keep up this pace, we'll be into mid September before we are finished the walls. And depending on the weather, at that point we may not finish the building this season.

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Just Cobbing Along.

Aug
18

Well, we are still cobbing and trying to stay on track. We had a storm come through, so not much was done on Tuesday. Today was a bit better. We got a lot of wind which can get in the way at times, but at least there wasn't any rain. We also had a few more visitors come by to see what we are doing. We enjoy talking to them and telling them of our plans. We even had a couple of kids jump on in and give us a hand laying the cob up on the walls. We thought that was pretty cool.

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Weekend Cobbing Update

Aug
15

Ok, ok. So we didn't get 2' done over the weekend as we hoped to. There were just too many other things that had to get done as well. A couple of them really took a big chunk out of the day. If this is the way it's going to be every day, we may as well piss on the fire and call in the dogs because this season will be over before we complete the walls. But as long as we can still see the grass, we're gonna continue right on a'goin.

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Door Construction

Aug
11

I've had a few chances to do some more work on the entry door to the cob studio. I couldn't decide exactly how I was going to tackle it, but with a few tips from our readers, I found a system I'm happy with. Well, actually, there was a bit of trial and error as well.

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Let the Cobbing Continue!

Aug
08

Ah, so now, today is going to be the day we really get cobbing. This is what we initially thought this morning. That is until we came to the conclusion that we couldn't, or should I say 'shouldn't', get sand from our usual spot anymore. The little voice in my head was louder today, than it was yesterday. It kept telling me not to go out and get more sand. It was so loud, I had to listen. You see, the sand belongs to someone. There is a road that goes right past it, so surely someone put the sand there for their own use.

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Let the Cobbing Begin!

Aug
07

A car rumbles by. Moments later a plane with it's high buzzing engine, passes overhead. And then the birds. The birds with their myriad of toots, hoots and whistles, sing and greet the morning sun. For that's what it is. Morning time. I turn in bed, eyes open, watching shadows of the tall grasses against the tent wall. They sway in unison, moving to the silent melody of the silent breezes. The sunlight piercing the fabric, filling the tent with a soft warm light. I lie there focusing on the world around me, pushing the cobwebs of sleep out of my mind.

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Building Department Inspection

Aug
04

Yup, as expected the Building Official (BO) came by to have a look-see at our project. I've heard through various peoples that the construction has been causing some interest in the general public of our little town. It was only a matter of time before the building department would come by, and today was the day. Which was fine because I was sure I kept it within the codes minimum requirements. At least I thought so.

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Stone Wall Completed!

Aug
04

Whew! Now that was a puzzle. Every stone had a home, and I had to find each one. There were a couple of rules I had to adhere to, and I learned a few do's and don'ts along the way as well. I couldn't tell you just how much stone we used in the wall, but I can tell you we went out four times to get stones. Of course we never really 'filled' the truck bed when we went out. If we had, we probably could have gotten all our stone in two trips. Stacking the stone took longer than expected (typical for pretty much all types of construction), but I think the timing was necessary.

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The Beginnings of Our Stone Wall.

Jul
25

Finally, we were able to start working on the walls. It seems like all the digging and backfilling was all just prep work. Sure the foundation is the most important part of the building, but it's all underground. There's not much to look at. But now we are getting to the most exciting part of the construction ... the walls!

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