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..."

Friday, September 28, 2012

Outdoor Kitchen

Here are a couple photos of the outdoor kitchen I built at the Food Literacy Project in Louisville, KY last year. I asked them to send me a couple recent photos because I wanted to see how it's looking these days now that it's no longer a beat up work site. It looks pretty good!

The Food Literacy Project is a non-profit partner to a sustainable vegetable farm on historic acreage in Louisville, KY. They run a variety of programs for Louisville youth that center on the field-to-fork experience of harvesting fresh vegetables and cooking...now in their beautiful outdoor kitchen!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Durham Addition

We've been moving right along on the addition at Carlton Ave in the past few weeks. Here's Greg staining the board siding, and battens on sawhorses. Board and batten is a classic, practical, and inexpensive siding option very common in the country, less so in downtown Durham. The rustic aesthetic is catching on in cities these days though, it seems to be following the local food/urban chicken movement, in line with a growing appreciation for all things rural.

Also, the boards didn't come from Home Depot, but from a charming sawmill about 40 miles from town. So we're supporting a local family run mill as well as getting a beautiful product.