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[Cob] digging, round stone, cob bathtubJUDITH WILLIAMS williams_judith at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 26 09:13:27 PST 2005
I very recently joined this cob discussion group and find that to my amazement the topics being discussed are the very ones I'm dealing with now on my project. First of all the digging. I am just getting started on my house, working with a very small budget, planning carefully to conserve money and not run out before I'm done. The bid I got for excavation was $600, which seemed reasonable but if I can do it myself there's $600 more for other things. So yesterday I started digging and found it wasn't as big a deal as I thought it would be. Yes, it will take some time and I will probably have to enlist volunteers but I know if I just keep at it it will eventually be done. Second, I have an abundance of round stone on my land and love the look of it as a foundation. What I plan to do is use a slip form method described in The Natural House on page 190. I think I willl make it wider at the bottom and slope it in. Also will gouge out some of the mortar to expose more of the stone. Here in Santa Fe there are a lot of stone walls made of round rock and they are quite beautiful. Thirdly, the cob bathtub. I haven't researched this much yet and am not sure how or if it can be done. What I'd like to do is form the tub out of cob, use a very smooth plaster as the last coat, embed broken or cut tiles into it as a mosaic, and waterproof the whole thing. My brother has told me he knows how it can be done and will help me when the time comes. If I come up with a way of doing it I will surely share it. I would like to know how to get a group up here to help me as a workshop. I welcome any input on this. I have not attended any workshops and have not actually seem any cob houses but have built conventional homes and feel I have enough knowledge to build a cob house. It's just that I would feel a lot more comfortable having someone experienced to advise me. And I'm sure it would go a lot faster with less much time being spent correcting mistakes. Thanks to all the participants of the discussion group. I'm looking forward to learning a lot from it.
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