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Satamax Antone
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Hi everybody.

Well, i'd love a house looking like a witch cottage. But i have no clay over here. Nearly none whatsoever. Rocks aplenty, wood, mainly larch. But no clay. Anybody has an idea?

Thanks a lot.

Max
 
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Cob is clay, sand and straw..... so your saying there is no clay + a bit of sand and straw where you live?

Have you tried calling around to quarries?
 
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Jami McBride wrote:Cob is clay, sand and straw..... so your saying there is no clay + a bit of sand and straw where you live?

Have you tried calling around to quarries?


Yep, sory Jami.

Clay. I posted this, it was something like 4 AM. Not the best time for me. Sand and straw, ney problem. But i live around 5000' high, and clay, we don't know. at least 40 miles around.
 
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Supposedly the more sand in the ratio the stronger the cob will be. One or two dump truck loads of good clay or subsoil would get you going and provide enough "stick" for many times that amount of sand. Another, possible crazy option, it to somehow pulverize shale rock to make the mortar constituent. Good luck!
 
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