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Hi fellow cobbers … I just found this Forum tonight and so pleased to find all you Virginians.
I have never done a Cob or Strawbale build but had signed up for a 3 day workshop in NC that was cancelled (pandemic) in June 2020. I will be taking that workshop in the spring of 2022.
Thanks for being here, and I’d love to learn more and get started. I’ve been acquiring some of the books out there and am looking forward to my spring workshop . . .
 
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I can see the enthusiasm from here.
Its a great community to get to know and gives you a wide choice of things to learn.
Its taken me around the world, looking and teaching.
Enjoy the journey.
 
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I live in Henrico County, just east of Richmond VA. When I moved into the area I contacted the zoning folks to see if I could build a strawbale house and was told that you cant build strawbale in this area because of the humidity. That told me more about the zoning folks than it did about strawbale houses. I have looked online for local natural builders (strawbale, cob, rammed earth) and found nothing. I have no building skills but have thought about partnering with a local contractor to start a rammed earth company. Not sure that I have the gumption for that.  So I live in my awesome natural house in my dreams, fed by youtube videos on same.
 
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I'm in Asheville. Can you please share the link to the cob work shop scheduled 2022.  I'd be interested to check it out as I'm seeking a start to finish house build cob workshop.

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They are building Cob & Strawbale in North Carolina which I’m sure is just as humid as central Virginia ….
 
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Mud Dauber School ….

https://www.muddauberbuilding.com/


I’ll be going in the Spring as I can’t make the September 2021 workshops and that may be it for this year per what they told me
 
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Here is a blog post (dated 2011) from Sigi Koko, an expert Strawbale builder in Maryland:

https://buildnaturally.blogspot.com/2011/01/yes-you-can-build-with-strawbale-in-wet.html?fbclid=IwAR1elXwJ8kJLopEqUvXFRD_P0UCt_Zr9ey_6SCi46elnUtXoYEE7O2woBoU&m=1
 
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Living Energy Farm, in Louisa, VA, has done a lot of straw-bale near Richmond.  My understanding is that it works fine in this climate as long as you cover it properly above and below from rain/moisture.  
 
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Wow!  Looks like a cool place.  They have done strawbale as I found this photo ..... (Tiled Floor Kitchen)

http://livingenergyfarm.org/building-at-lef/

 
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To humid?  This is an ancient building method in England and I do believe many are still standing.  I believe it is almost always raining in England.
 
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