Urban forest cob experiment, part VIII: another brick in the wall

As I work week after week on a thick brick wall, I must keep the end product in mind. It’s easy to get tired or discouraged when the work is slow and you are a one-person team, but I enjoy the work overall and listening to podcasts that interview authors, scientists, artists, comedians, and everyday-womans/mens. Still thinking of later in the process, I’ve saved about four wine bottles, all green, with this in mind: I need to start buying differently colored bottles of cheap wine.  Any recommendations? I’m also thinking of putting one of my old snare drums in the … Keep goin’

Urban Forest Cob Experiment, part VII: foundation half finished

What was that idiom: “Rome wasn’t built in a day?” I’m co-oping that to explain the lengthy time it’s taken to build the foundation, but changing it to more adequately reflect my building skills to “The Pinto wasn’t built in a month.” Though Romans did use a form of concrete (which has lasted to present day), the Pinto most decidedly did not. However, since its recall in the 1970s for the little explosion problem, it has made many top 50 lists (as the worst car of all time).   But how could you resist this family cruising wagon version of … Keep goin’

Urban forest cob experiment part III: trenching, leveling, sloping

(Better) trenching I didn’t realize how lame my trench was until I dug a better one.  I tend toward “that’s good enough” so try to purposely focus on what I’ve read/researched and match that with my work to ensure I’m on track (or being lazy). This week began with tearing out vines then hauling wheelbarrows of bricks (see pile in photo above) from the old wall in our front yard that fell when our tree trunk was removed a month ago.  I plan to re-purpose the bricks for my foundation wall. I didn’t plan on getting poison ivy, but that … Keep goin’

My urban forest cob experiment part I

I’ve been talking about building a cob house for long enough now that rather than questions like “how’s that cob cabin coming along?” I’m hearing “Are you still doing the cob cottage thing?” Well, now, folks, ground has been unearthed. Backs have been hurt. Sweat has evaporated. I’m starting this project. What is it that I want to create? A small cob “getaway” and guest-house in our back yard with (hopefully) solar-powered electricity and possibly a “pump” and tank for kitchen sink water.  A place where I/we can write/read/play music and house our guests, now that we live in the … Keep goin’