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Cob Hut

Saturday, September 20th, 2008 by Marie

We have started building our first cob hut.

Cob is a mixture of clay, dirt, pine straw, sawdust and a bit of water.  We get sawdust from a woodmill in a pueblo nearby, and the clay, dirt and pine straw come from the Bosque.  Cob is much like formed adobe.  We mix the ingredients together on the ground (sometimes with our feet!), and then sew lumps of cob onto the existing structure.

Every hut will have a bed, a nice desk and a chimenea (small fire place).  They should be very well insulated and comfortable for our visitors.

Here are Dani and Adrian working with cob:



Monday, August 25th, 2008 by Marie

Our sauna is now in the process of being built!

After many months of waiting - due to lack of materials, plans, etc, we’re finally able to start our cobwood sauna.

We are building a sauna described in Rob Roy’s book, “The Sauna“.  It will be made out of cobwood - or rounds of wood sandwiched in cob (a mixture of clay, sand, and straw).

On completion, the sauna will provide us with yet another way to conserve the amount of water we are consuming.  Taking a sauna before showering will leave us clean and reduce total shower time - a big win for us, especially in the dry months when our water supply is low.

Making Adobe

Sunday, July 20th, 2008 by Marie

making adobe

As part of our push to have more well-insulated huts available for visitors, we have begun making adobe bricks. We have enough bricks now to complete a small hut!

Our huts will be very basic. Well insulated walls, earth or metal roofs, and windows to take advantage of passive solar. We will use natural building techniques - cob, adobe, cobwood, and strawbale. Folks who attend our natural building workshop will get the experience of building with all of these styles of construction, as well as earthen floors and earth ships.

Every hut will have a desk, a bed, and a small chimenea.


Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 by Brian

We have been running some tests on the dirt from the land to see if it is right for mixing adobe. It works fine.

adobe blocks made here

Yesterday we used an electric mixer to see how many adobe blocks we can make in one day. With two guys we made 130 blocks. I think the first building we will make with the adobe bricks is a small generator building near the house.

This way if we need more power during events with many people we can use a generator for some hours with low noise pollution.

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