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, May 9, 2016

Outdoor Kitchen Workshop

Natural Outdoor Kitchen Workshop
July 17-23, 2016
Troy, NY

Join Michael McDonough and a group of natural building enthusiasts in building an outdoor kitchen with materials from the land! We'll use stone, earth, and wood to craft a small outdoor kitchen that shelters a cob pizza oven and food prep area.

We will:

  • Create a stone and rubble foundation 
  • Build cob walls with local soil
  • Build and operate a cob oven 
  • Learn about earth and lime plaster basics
  • Learn carpentry basics
Three farm fresh meals will be prepared onsite daily. Camping is available and encouraged. Evenings are unscheduled, providing time to explore Troy or sit around the campfire.

The site: The Vague Estates is set on 48 acres remarkably located less than two miles from downtown Troy. Adjacent to a natural area with swimming holes and waterfalls, we have an outdoor shower and big beautiful garden.
Registration: $850, email risingearthbuilding@gmail.com. Group rates or work/trade may be available upon inquiry.