why rising earth?

The title of this blog draws from my time as an apprentice at the Cob Cottage Company in costal Oregon. If you spend time with natural building folk, you'll eventually find yourself around a fire, sing silly songs about cob and natural building. Folks usually refer to these oftentimes improvised tunes as "cobsongs". I often sang..."There is a house in old coquille, they call the rising earth, it's been the work of many hands, and you know what that's worth..."

Monday, June 29, 2009

Stone, Cob, Strawbale

Here are a few quick pictures of a stone/cob/strawbale cottage I built with a friend in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this spring. It is the home of the resident gardener at an educational farm. The walls were completed the last week of May and will dry over the summer. In early autumn it will be finished with an earthen plaster and floor as well as a door, woodstove, and details. More pictures soon.


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