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Cob: mixing cob/clay was: poor & newCharmaine R Taylor tms at northcoast.com
Thu Oct 4 12:52:05 PDT 2001
cob is actually 1/4 R per inch..it is mass not thermal. sound like she has "enough" as Joe Dominguez (your money or your life fame) said. Best bet for some heat is to make light straw clay or woodchip/sawdust clay tamped between forms, as Ken Kern promoted, and as the germans do nmow. This is my favorite technique in addtion to earth bag as just some mixing is done and the mix is poured and lightly tamped into place. as you all may know I use a 1950s wringer washer as a mixer, and mix paper clay lime, sawdust, other fibers to make a good thick or thin material for MANY uses..right now it's sculpted and formed pottery and garden stuff..stepping sones, fill in gor a slope are ( used Mt St helen's ash & lime & clay with coffee grain sized sawdust to make a poured step off, holding up great..except for the bear paw print and racoon print the first night!! no kidding..now I look twice when I step outside after dark for 'ole bear) in any case, I ramble..wringer washer is a GREAT agitaor to mke the clay slip and also for the fiber mixing, will try chopped straw soon. best part is that you can make a wetter mix then let sit a few days, or remove and let drain/dry up a bit to get a thick malleable dough easy for shaping.) Pics of the mixer ( I named him Dewey, are at the site below) Ms. Charmaine Taylor/ Taylor Publishing http://www.dirtcheapbuilder.com
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