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[Cob] length of straw and general researchhoward at earthandstraw.com howard at earthandstraw.com
Thu Mar 12 11:18:36 PDT 2009
I would say the poor folks who built most of those cob houses in England didn't go to natural building school or do a lot of research into it. They simply dug the dirt up, mixed straw into it, and slapped it into a wall. Actually I'm pretty sure they had a very long historical development of technique passed down for generations. But, yes, that is how one learns from their mistakes which can them be shared so others can avoid the same. Howard Switzer, Architect 668 Hurricane Creek Road Linden, TN 37096 931-589-6513 www.earthandstraw.com ----- Original Message ----- From: Damon Howell To: coblist at deatech.com Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:08 AM Subject: [Cob] length of straw and general research To John and Others, I see the interest in knowing the minimum length of straw in cob, but my fear is when the research results become requirement by building departments. Also, we should be able to build a home with what we have available right here on our land and not need a trip to the store for our materials. If we use store-bought materials (additives which are not natural and abundantly available) in our research, we'll never be able to build the simple, cheap homes we want. On our journey of learning how to make the best cob homes, let's keep in mind the old saying "KISS." Us Americans tend to want our homes to last forever, but do they? Through all the research of modern building technologies, our homes have become less sturdy and more susceptible to damage because people just want a cheap house and contractors love to cut corners. Cob houses have been known to last for centuries and how many of us are going to be around to see the demise of them? Not many I imagine. If they're built by sensible builders they should last a long time (much longer than a stick built). I'm not sure, but I would say the poor folks who built most of those cob houses in England didn't go to natural building school or do a lot of research into it. They simply dug the dirt up, mixed straw into it, and slapped it into a wall. What more is there to know? We seem to be so thirsty for the knowledge of how they did it back then that we're over analyzing a very simple idea: we can build our homes from dirt and it will last for generations as long as we keep it from getting soaked with water. What a wonderful idea that is. I celebrate everyone who sees the benefits of building this way. Damon in Georgia _______________________________________________ Coblist mailing list Coblist at deatech.com http://www.deatech.com/mailman/listinfo/coblist
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