Either in Ianto's book or somebody elses they say "you don't want to smooth the vertical surface of the cob with each lift, because it will prevent good drying". So i i did smooth it with the trowel - it is actually eliminates drastically the cutting - and i like that fact very much We have very hot weather here and there is the wind at my building site - so everything dries very good, i lift every day 10 cm of cob. BUT! Yesterday i decided to cut out a cap for the window and found out that i have an approximately 2 cm of very dry cob on the sides of the wall and wet cob inside, plus it has a nasty rotten smell!
So, i say to myself, it's normal for cob i guess - it can't dry entirely in several days and it's logical that drying process moves from outside towards inside. But smell!
So i got a little paranoid
What the professionals would say on the matter?
Thank you in advance guys
Sorry for this not such a quick answer Well, i just let it go. I thought about it and decided that the drying process won't go that fast and similair in every layer of cob, so i considered it kind of normal
I must say since then the wall grew a lot and I already have put some beams for the green roof; walls survived a lot of rain being uncovered - and everything is fine!
The local semi-wild cat, which friends of mine named Linda Smiley came recently with the inspection of the wall and beams
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