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05/04/2011
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Free workshops on cob buildings

Project: Bellbunya Sustainable Community

Posted by Karyn Maher over 11 years ago

Bellbunya has been hosting a series of free cob building workshops in conjunction with Cobbel Building Australia. The April event was a huge success - new photos attached! Our next free workshop will be Friday and Saturday, 6th - 7th May.

Cob building is thought by many to be the world's most sustainable 

cobbuilding method.  Meeting Permcaulture principles, buildings can be made simply from materials found on the property - the main ingredients are clay, sand, straw, water and love.

Whilst labour intensive, it requires little in the way of skills; even children can build these homes.

At bellbunya, we've been building a small (garden shed size) building in the middle of our orchards and garden beds that will serve as an entertainment and respite centre in the hub of the food activity. 

These photos were taken at the April workshop where people enjoyed getting down and dirty with experiential learnings!

Almost complete, the building is being retrofitted with buttresses, and has a little more wall building before we render.

cob structure

 

Free Cob Building Sampler

Cob is an ancient, simple and yet extremely versatile and beautiful building method. The main tools are your hands and feet, whilst the materials are earth and straw. Cob has stood the test of time - with many European cob cottages that are hundreds of years old. In Yemen, cob has even been used to build 10 story buildings. Cob is simple, very forgiving and very manual. Cob removes building from the experts and gives it the people - it's great for groups of people to work on together. Without any machinery noise or dangerous tools, children and adults can work side by side and have fun, whilst creating from cob.

Come along to learn the basics, help build a little shed, have some fun and get to know some like-minded people.

cob workshop

When:7-8 May
Where: Bellbunya, 114 Browns Road, Belli Park
Cost: Free
Lunch: Please bring something to share for lunch. (If you are attending the Community Sampler then lunch is provided)
Accommodation: Available at Bellbunya if you wish to stay over
More information: Alan on 0402 494 252
Register online to participate

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