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[Cob] Cob in Madison, WisconsinJennifer Roberts smurf_goddess at hotmail.com
Tue May 9 11:36:14 PDT 2006
Dave, That sounds great. I would also recommend hands on learning, which it looks like you will do in your oven project. It sounds like you watched the cobbers but did not participate. I learned from my brief time helping a friend with their house the hands on knowledge- such as how tired I get when mixing cob with feet, and how dry my hands got after just a few hours of cob, what it feels like to cob during mosquito season. These are good things to know and account for when starting a bigger project, like a house, and what I am weighing now that I am making final decisions about an alternative building method. Good luck with your project! Jennifer >From: Dave Brown <quahog at netnet.net> >To: coblist at deatech.com >Subject: [Cob] Cob in Madison, Wisconsin >Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 08:19:17 -0500 > >This past weekend Kathleen and I drove down to Madison to see Marlin Nissen >and crew and their learn a thing or three abut cob building. We didn't get >there Saturday, which was their big, not to mention busy, day. On Sunday >things were a bit more calm. We got there late, but still with time to >watch some people mixing cob with their feet and forming the balls or >loaves to use in their project. > >I'm one of those "visual" learners. I can read, talk, and listen until my >head spins, but I learn more and faster from watching someone (like Marlin >and his crew) actually doing it. Probably the biggest thing that I >noticed/learned was the texture and consistency of the cobs. It was clear >that it would be easy to leave the mix too wet and that the effects of this >can, at a minimum, a real nuisance and at the worst a real disaster. I >also gained a clearer understanding of the need to put all those finger >holes in the surface to provide a grip for the next layer as it is applied. > >Marlin had some slip handy also. Looking at and feeling the slip and >comparing that to the shake test that I did supported my thoughts that what >I had in my yard (about 18" down) was some pretty good near pure clay. I >showed a lump that I had brought to Marlin who also thinks that is good >clay. Now to make some test bricks/balls to see how it works. > >My first project, after making test balls, will be a cob oven. The idea is >to build one in the Quebec oven style, as it would be historically >appropriate for this part of Wisconsin. Additionally, my mother's family >is from Quebec and the Three Rivers area. Our family tree (Paquin) traces >back to the mid 1500's in Quebec. The experience will also be a benefit to >me and Heritage Hill State Park here in Green Bay where wattle and daub >walls exist and there is a beehive brick oven and a cob oven in need of >some attention. > >You can learn a little about Marlin and his Out of the Box group at >www.outtathebox.org and some on the Cob Archway at >http://midvaleproject.net/cob.htm > >Thanks again, Marlin. > >Dave Brown >Green Bay, WI > > >_______________________________________________ >Coblist mailing list >Coblist at deatech.com >http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist
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