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Kiko Denzer on Art
[Cob] tiller cob and other machinesi love cob! cob at organicart.com
Mon Jun 26 16:31:38 PDT 2006
I've been mixing with an electric mixer for about a year now. Man - is it helpful. Usually I am working as a 'one-man-band'. It's great to be able to mix the sand, clay and add water with the machine. Meanwhile I can gather more materials and pulverize clay chunks, fetch water and the like. Working with large amounts of material; this phase allows the measurement, mixing and soaking of the raw ingredients. I spend an afternoon mixing and produce gigantic dinosaur turds of cob. I mix it wet, as that's how the concrete mixer likes it, and then I let it sit. The mix gels as it sits and dries over the course of a few days. I shovel 300 pounds worth into a wheel barrel, then bring the mix to the location I'm applying it. It needs a little attention before getting to the wall. I add water and mix it with a hoe. Then add straw as needed. It goes straight to the wall from there. I agree about the quality control - you need it! The applier knows what they need in the mix. They can add or subtract material and enhance the cob as they go. m i c h a e l
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