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Kyle Elrod
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Hello everybody! Let me start by saying I'm a brand new member of this forum, and I am ridiculously excited to find a group of experienced (at least more than myself) individuals to learn from.
I have been obsessed with earthen building for the last 18 months, and have been soaking up as much info as possible. However, I seem to be one of those who learns best by actually DOING something new. Im hoping there would be someone in the Wyoming region that I would be able to help and learn cob building from?
Not only is this my only financial option currently to get my family of 5 into an actual home (and out of apartments), but this is something that (once mastered) I would like to use to help homeless and less fortunate families across the country.
In my current situation, my parents own 10 acres full of sand and clay deposits, surrounded by hay farmers, and have agreed to allow me to practice and experiment. It is my hope to be able to utilize such a unique opportunity as quickly as possible, but I will be needing a ton of help, wisdom, and insight. Preferably locally for the hands on reason, but I'll take anything I can get. 😆
Thanks for any help/information!

Ps... as a foundation, my biggest influence thus far is "The Hand-Sculpted House" by Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, and Linda Smiley. Anyone with thoughts or opinions about this as a resource, would be appreciated.
 
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Howdy Kyle, welcome to permies!  I own a place over by Saratoga and my brother has a place further north around Medicine Bow. Neither have done any cob but would like to try some small stuff someday . Anyway I hope you find someone and if not you may have to become the one who shows the other Wyoming folks how it is done !
Might be best to just start giving us you ideas here, and asking specific questions and see if we can talk you through it.
 
Kyle Elrod
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Haha that's good to know! My ideas are numerous, so I'll have plenty of questions 😁. I guess my biggest question right now would be to know best source of resources. Not so much bio/geological resources... but items like soil test kits that would reveal exact clay/sand mixtures, and other such items that I probably wouldn't even know I will need yet.
 
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Kyle, There are all sorts of threads here about all sorts of things so take some time to look around.
There should be a county extension office near by, they would be able to help with soil tests.  Look up how to do a jar test to find out sand/clay/silt ratio's.
 
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Wyoming sounds cold for straight uninsulated cob. Can you insulate outside of it? Or maybe cob the inside or Southside or interior features of a strawbale wall?
If you have a family a five, and are wanting to do a bunch of cobbing, I'd like to say: consider borrowing/renting/hiring a front end loader to help mix, carry, drop into slip forms and pretamp. That'll save lots of time and stress on the family. Yes, stomping on mud is family time, but realizing you goal is a big task, I'd put as many odds in your favor as possible
 
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