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[Cob] summer workshops

Bernhard Masterson bernhard_masterson at
Tue May 20 11:15:04 CDT 2008

Greetings all,
    There are many good questions and discussions on this list surrounding cob and associated techniques.  I would like to invite you to participate in hands-on workshops as a way to quickly gain a solid understanding of specific techniques.  Here are a few fun and supportive workshops I'll be teaching this summer.  Hope you can join us.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

- Bernhard 

____________________________________bernhard_masterson at

Natural building instruction and consultation

Natural Building Workshops by Bernhard Masterson - 2008

Plasters -- June 14-15

Appleton, Washington

and lime plasters can transform flat boring walls into vibrant and healthful
surfaces that are a treat for the eyes.  These
versatile plasters can be applied to drywall, brick, cob, straw-bale, and other
surfaces.  In this hands-on workshop
learn all the skills you need to enhance your home with natural plasters.  We’ll cover various mixes for base coats,
finish coats, and sculpture, tools, materials, coloration, and techniques.  Join us in making new friends, laughing, and
creating gorgeous walls.


Floors -- July 12-13

Appleton, Washington

to learn to create truly sustainable floors that will impress all who walk on
them?  This hands-on workshop is for you.
 Rich in color and feel, earthen floors
are easy to clean, durable, and inexpensive.  Using different techniques and materials, we will
create and apply floor mixes for sub-floor and finish layers. Instruction will
also cover material selection, tools, variations, and oiling options.


Earthen Oven
-- August 23-24

Appleton, Washington

you like to connect to your cooking in a more profound way?  Embrace our instinctive relationships with,
earth, water, air, fire, and food to create artisan breads, pizza, stews,
roasts and joy in an earthen oven.  Get
the benefits and exceptional baking of commercial ovens at a fraction of the
cost.  We will build a permanent earthen
oven and a small temporary oven to bake in right away.  Design principals and variations will be
presented.  Learn how to ensure clean
combustion and efficient use of wood. 
Get baking tips on how to get the most out of an earthen oven.

FEES: $190 per person for two days of
hands-on learning, vegetarian meals and overnight camping in a beautiful
setting above the Columbia River Gorge. 
Discount of 10% offered for families, full-time students, referrals, or
full payment more than 30 days before the workshop.

TO REGISTER: Send a $50 deposit payable
to:  Bernhard Masterson, at P.O. Box 1836, Estacada,
 OR 97023.  Additional
information and registration materials will then be sent to you.

bernhard_masterson at or call 503-929-8583.


builder Bernhard Masterson fuses a deep commitment to sustainable systems and a
rich sense of aesthetics to create unique living environments. Trained as a
sculptor and educator, Bernhard has taught art and natural building for the
last eight years, during which he built his own cob home. Skilled in
alternative waste systems, water management, Rocket stoves, earth ovens and
Rumford fireplaces, he teaches a variety of workshops and artist residencies.
Bernhard is a positive and insightful teacher who derives true satisfaction
from empowering others to pursue their visions. Bernhard and his wife Le
continue to work, grow and play in the mud at their stunning cob cottage
outside of Portland,
which was featured in Oregon Home’s 2007 Green Living edition.

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