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Location: Richmond, Va
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OK guys,
I just joined and I'm actually really excited about this site.  I am a developing DIY guy located in Richmond va.  I currently want to start working with cob but I have never ever done it before and I'm a little nervous I'm going to royally screw it up.  I am looking to build a chicken coop as my first real test with it before I move to the fire pit benches and the fire pit itself. The the options will be endless depending on how I like working with it.  the idea of working with the earth to create a structure not only excites me but I think its a real piece of art.  
Are you ready for some questions?

1.  I live in Richmond va in a urban area and my back yard isn't really that "big".  where should I get clay? how do I go about seeing if its the right kind of clay?

2.  I would imagine winter is not a good time to work with cob.. but what's a good curing weather?

3.  anyone done this before with a chicken coop?  I could use tips and tricks.

4. does anyone want to help? hahahaha
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Patrick I also live near Richmond. Did you ever find the clay you need?
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