Amanda the Architect

documenting the projects and inspirations of an unemployed intern architect with some ambition and lots of time

Natural Building Techniques

First of all, I apologize for my lack of a post the past few days. I’m sure you have been on the edge of your seat wondering what tools are necessary for building a cob structure. And as I promised, the list is here!

Tools needed during cob construction:

  • Level
  • Saw
  • Work gloves
  • Tarp
  • Buckets
  • Sifter
  • Straw/Hay bales
  • Course sand
  • Clay
  • Water

The last four are needed to make cob. There are many, many more “things” that you will use when creating a cob structure, but I consider these the core things needed.

Some other things needed that I don’t consider “tools” include: time, community, volunteers, land/property to build on, and a roof structure in place or planned out before beginning with the cob.

As cob is water absorbing, the cob needs “good boots and a good hat.” Meaning a firm foundation and a roof structure to keep the cob from getting direct rain.

Tomorrow (really, I will post tomorrow) an outline of the benefits of building a cob structure will be posted in list form – “Why: Natural Building”. I know… tomorrow can’t come soon enough.


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