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..."

Saturday, August 6, 2011


2011 was an exceptional Bonnaroo for me, and I think the entire "tribe" building group would feel the same way as well. This was my third year working for the Visual Design team and my focus was on building a log framed shade structure between the strawbale post office and the solar stage. The project was a blast, although stressful at times with the looming deadline...We had to build this thing in a few days and it had to be completely finished, safe, and beautiful.

We worked from 8am until at least 9pm for about five days. My first full day we came up with a completed design in the morning, and got to work butchering trees that had fallen over the past year. The bamboo for the shade lattice was the only living material we harvested. We had a truly great crew, many folks returning to help plus a few new and much appreciated additions to the team. Hopefully I'll have the time to update this into a fuller, more informative post before long.