Extra Fox – A blog by Christopher Taylor

Natural building with cob

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on February 14, 2006

I traveled to Zipolite from Seattle by car with my friend Matt. Last year, Matt had come to Zipolite for a cob building [wikipedia] workshop that was offered here. On our way down from Seattle, we stopped in Southern Oregon at the homestead of Coenraad Rogmans who runs the cob workshop here. It was a really nice place and was a nice introduction for me to cob construction.

Coincidentally, the cob workshop this year is accommodating the participants in the same villa where Matt and I are staying. So, I’ve gotten to know the crew quite a bit better.

Today, I went out to their worksite to see what it was all about. This year, they are building a kitchen for a poor family complete with wood burning cob stove and oven. Last year, they had a slightly more ambitious project and built a cob home for the same family. The house is small, but beautiful and very comfortable. Cob makes for an ideal material in a climate like Oaxaca. The thick walls keep everything cool.

Coenraad runs several cob and other natural material building workshops over the course of the year. Check out some of his other workshops at his website [www.housealive.org].


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