Late(r) news: the cob house is complete, part XI

As we have been on the road with #Comments and family, I realized I had not shared some of our more final pictures of the little cob house I built. The last month was a blur, preparing to move from our home, releasing an EP, finalizing our tour details, co-organizing the Bull City Vegan Challenge, and getting ready for our new tenants. Yet still, this humble one-room abode materialized:   I mixed together an earth plaster with Kaolin clay kindly donated by my friend Laura:       We spent under $500 on the entire project.  The largest expense was … Keep goin’

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’