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beautiful cob

 
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so we already have a beautiful rocket mass heaters thread so I figured I needed to start a beautiful cob thread! feel free to post your pretty cob pictures












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This won't win the award for the prettiest, but I'm still proud of it and it was enough to get my hands dirty and ready for more!
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I get to claim this one as my own home.


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Wow! That is pretty amazing. Do you have more pictures daniel?
 
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Yes, thank you. My wife and I are not yet finished, winter got in the way. We still need to finish the kitchen, put the floor in and plaster the outside.

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This is the best exterior photo I have, but quite early in the house building process. I had just finished the roof.
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As you can see we hand't plastered yet, but those perrier bottles look really nice in cob.
 
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That looks like it's coming along so nicely Daniel! Can't wait to see the final project.
 
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Inspiring! Thanks for starting this thread, Cassie.
 
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Thanks for bumping this thread. Here are some updated photos from my now finished house up above.
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These are some lovely videos about cob houses:





 
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An amazing video that came out just minutes ago.   There are words in this video that deeply fill the soul.

 
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This is a homemade window in my cob house that Simon Gonzalez made a sculpture around. We made homemade shellac pigment paint for it. The inside is actually made from an old rusted out fire pit.
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Quick question on cob, i post it here beacuse i think this thread deserves a bump:

Cob is only suitable in dry climates, correct? If so, how dry does it have to be?

Also thanks for the beautifull and inspiring pictures you all posted!
 
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R. Han, it does not have to be dry. There are cob houses in some of the most wet climates in the world like in the UK. Those houses are 300+ years old too. When you build in a wet climate make sure that the rock wall at bottom of your cob wall is high enough not to get rain splashing up on it from the ground and make sure your roof overhang is at least 18” or half a meter at a minimum. That’s called your hats and boots. Those can be at big as you need them. I built a 50 foot by 50 foot pole barn over my cob house. So my overhangs are 6ft, 9ft, 10ft, and 15.5ft. Adding bio polymers like horse poop, fermented cactus juice, wheat germ paste, and in your most extreme areas adding boiled linseed oil will give durability and water resistant to your exterior plaster. Good luck.

Here are a few recent pics of my cob house. Enjoy.
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Oops, double posted same stuff, so I edited it to have more pics. My bad. Here is kind of an ugly building, but it’s purpose is beautiful. This is the worlds first underground peyote germination facility. I was hired on by Simon Gonzalez to help on this build for a Native American church as a DEA sanctioned conservation project for the purpose of keeping this medicine available for its adherents and future generations of natives because climate change, habitat loss, and regulation have hurt the peyote ecosystem.  
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Here are pictures of my cob privy. It's rougher than the others in this thread, but I've always liked how it echoes the Straight Cliffs in the distance.
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My biggest problem has been that most zoning won't allow for natural building
 
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Rebecca Rhodes wrote:My biggest problem has been that most zoning won't allow for natural building



I have seen discussion here about getting around that. But I can't immediately remember threads so I am flagging your post in hopes that someone else can and will direct you.
 
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