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Building With Cob Workshop

Building With Cob Workshop

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Published by Shawn Tisdell
Building With Cob Workshop June 29th – July 6, 2008

Osceola, Wisconsin
Building With Cob Workshop June 29th – July 6, 2008

Osceola, Wisconsin

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Published by: Shawn Tisdell on Jun 27, 2008
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Building With Cob Workshop June 29
– July 6, 2008
Osceola, Wisconsin
 A week of hands-on-work, learning, and fun!This gathering will start on Sunday at noon and will conclude the following Sunday after breakfast.
Join us for a week of natural building in Osceola, Wisconsin. This workshop will be a hands-on experience innatural building, specifically cob construction. Having some background knowledge of cob building is helpful butnot necessary. Suggested reading: I. Evans, M. Smith, and L. Smiley. The Hand Sculpted House: A Practical andPhilosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2002. I highly recommend this book for folks wanting an in depth cob tutorial.
Project Description
We will be working on a small
building. Bale-cob uses a combination of building techniques; straw baleand cob construction. It is an integrated wall system using an interior cob layer, and an exterior straw bale layer heldtogether with a cob mortar. We will also be framing in windows and doors, and working with round wood timbers.Participants looking to build their own cob house will find this opportunity helpful in planning for their own building projects.Our goal will be to accomplish the completion of the bale cob walls for a small structure in one week’s time. Sixdays full of physical activity are planned. If you are unaccustomed to daily physical work this may be tiring, buteveryone is encouraged to stretch, breathe and work at a comfortable pace.
Our time together will consist of: building, sharing meals, and discussions. Meals and camping accommodationswill be provided.General Schedule OutlineSunday, June 298am-12pm Arrival and camp set up12 noon Opening meal followed by getting our feet wet5:30-6:30pmDinner 7:30pmDiscussionMonday June 30 - Saturday July 57am-7:45Breakfast7:45- 12pmMorning building session12-2pmLunch and brea2-5:30pmAfternoon Building session5:30-6:30pmDinner 
Top view of bale cob building in Osceola; 13’ diameter 
7:30pmDiscussion9pm-?CampfireSunday July 69am-11amBreakfast
For more information contact Bryan Burnoski.
-Clean up and departure-
Email: buildswithfeet@gmail.com
Phone #: (651) 428-5493
Mostly meals will be vegetarian but may include meat, wheat, eggs and dairy. Let us know if you have any foodneeds, allergies or special diets.
Camping. Please bring a tent, flashlight and general camping equipment. If extended inclement weather or ailmentsoccur we have indoor space available. There will be outdoor composting toilets. There are 2 indoor bathrooms withshowers. The building site is on a one acre family homestead in a somewhat rural setting. Our hosts Roy McBrideand Lucinda Anderson have an 11 year old daughter Laci. They will be coordinating and preparing meals. Thisevent will be family friendly. Children are welcome.
What to Bring
In addition to any camping gear, other things to consider bringing will be anything that helps your participationduring the week (ie. water bottle, sunscreen, warm cap, sun visor, rain gear). We will spend most of our timeoutdoors so dressing comfortably is important. As far as bringing tools it’s important to have work gloves, a four foot level, and an 8’x10’ tarp. Other tools to bring if you have them are: a tape measure, carpenter saw, rubber cement gloves, and any extra tarps. I will have the other tools we will need. Some people find it helpful to bringsomething to cover their feet while mixing cob like water shoes or wet sock booties. Mostly I find that bare feetwork best and I encourage people to toughen up and acclimate your feet before coming by walking around barefootoutside as much as possible. Bringing other items to share is also welcomed such as musical instruments or snacks.
The cost per person for the full week workshop is $95 for registrations received before May 25th. Registrations after May 25th will be $120. Folks only able to attend part of the workshop are encouraged to contact us for possibilities.
Attached to this document is a registration form. We are asking interested participants to send in a completedregistration form along with the full cost for the week. The first 10 people will be accepted. Once we confirm your  participation for the week the pre-payment amount will be non-refundable. Any registrations after the first ten will be put on a waiting list (as there can be cancellations). The pre-payment amount for participants on the waiting listwill be held and will be refunded if no spots are available. Please contact us if you have any issues concerning payment.
Workshop led by Bryan Burnoski
:I have been traveling over the past two years learning about natural building and ways of living that make sense andthat nurture the earth. During the summer of 2007 I completed an apprenticeship with Cob Cottage Company inOregon. This has enabled me to build and learn from some very knowledgeable and experienced people in the fieldof natural building. I have had general building experience for over a decade and natural building experience for about 3 years. Natural building projects I have been involved with or managed include, two homes built usingcob/bale with round wood timers, composting toilets, living roofs, earthen floors, rocket stoves, benches, and earthenovens. I’ve used a variety of methods for foundations and stem walls including rubble trenches, gravel filled earth bags, and urbanite (reusing broken up concrete). I have also plastered cob and straw bale structures using clay andlime plasters. My journey started several years ago by designing and constructing a canvas yurt with a 13 footdiameter and a rocket stove under the floor for heating. I then lived in the yurt for one year through a Wisconsinwinter with my family (partner and 8 year old daughter). Sharing with others the knowledge I’ve acquiredconstructing natural structures is what I’m passionate about. I am also interested in creating networks where peoplecan find support and resources for building with natural materials and find paths to ways of living that are lessdestructive to the earth.
For more information or questions contact Bryan BurnoskiEmail: buildswithfeet@gmail.comPhone #: (651) 428-5493

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