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..."

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Catskill strawbale

Here are some pictures of a more conventional strawbale building, to serve as a contrast to the one at Bonnaroo. I worked as a subcontractor on the bale work in December of last year.

trimmed straw, ready for plaster

trimming the bales flush

A jig for ripping bales with a chainsaw

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