April Leasa

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since Aug 11, 2013
Mother of 3 adult children and 3 grandkids. I've always been interested in self-sufficiency mostly because I've had to. Now I wouldn't do it any other way. Natural medicine, up-cycling, dumpster diving, Crafting(spinning,weaving,sewing), foraging,spiritualism... Just starting out on a tiny Cob Shed to gain experience for the house I want to build some day. 
Phoenixville Pennsylvania
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Thanks Jay. I will think about it and let you know how it's going.
8 years ago
cob
Hi Jay. Thank you so much for taking the time to give your advice. I didn't mean to make it sound like Cob would be easy or simple. I have to start somewhere right? I'm determined! In fact I'm looking forward to the hard work. I LOVE DIRT! I used to make mudpies when I was a kid. I never knew the mudpies would come back to me one day. haha. I've been interested in natural building for a very long time and when I found Cob I knew I found what my soul had been looking for. I live in an area where the houses are all connected and my yard is postage stamp sized. I don't intend on getting a permit...Damn the man! So I was trying to keep it small. I will widen it tho. My son is a Wwoofer on a farm not too far and has told me that they have clay dirt. I will be giving some of their dirt a new home and purpose. You didn't advise on how thick I HAVE to make the walls? As far as my time having value....I cant put a price on finally finding myself after so many years. This is a spiritual quest for me Jay.
8 years ago
cob
Hello there Permies. I'm new to the boards and this is my first post/question. I'm from Southeast Pa. I'm still very new to the idea of Cob and am still reading The Cob Builders Handbook and The Hand-Sculpted House. I want to build as my first project a very tiny, roundish potting shed. Eventually, I want to build my own tiny house. First off, I just want to say I've been reading around on the subject on this forum and it seems like its gotten away from being simple and gone towards being so technical. Don't get me wrong, I understand the structures have to stay up. It's just that my mind set is on what people used to do a long time ago and what people do in 3rd world countries where they don't have all the resources that a lot of people on here recommend. I'm willing to work hard but I want to keep it simple. Anyway, on to questions about my plan....The shed on the inside will be 4' x 4' x 6' tall. Since it's so small how deep do I have to make the rubble trench foundation? Whats the thinnest I can make my walls? The roof will be held up by some old 2x4s I have laying around. Here's a picture of my dirt test jar from the only place I have to dig on my property. It looks to me that I don't have enough clay. What do you think? I would love to see some pics of any tiny sheds that people have done on here if you want to shoot me an email. Thanks so much!
8 years ago
cob