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Cob/Natural Building Workshop on Lasqueti Island in September
August 29, 2012, Lasqueti Island - From September 13th to 17th, I'll be hosting another cob/natural building workshop on Lasqueti Island.
The cost of $300 covers all meals (3 hot, fully organic vegan/vegetarian meals for 3 days, plus a welcoming dinner and a good-bye breakfast), on-site camping with running water, and hands-on instruction.
Women and families are especially encouraged to apply. Barters or trades are always possible.
What makes these courses special?
- You will see firsthand how humans can build with what nature provides, without destroying the beauty that is offered.
- You'll also have many opportunities to master making cob itself. You'll learn the "traditional" technique, known to cobbers throughout our wet coast, and we'll learn how to modify it so that you can mix up to 4 times faster!
- You'll experience building walls the "old fashioned way" as well as a hybrid technique that uses reusable plastic "forms" to get our walls up twice as fast and "the brick" which gets them up even faster!
- Not only will you learn how to build naturally and affordably, you'll learn how to do it efficiently enough to be empowered to build on your own and keep your community of builders interested and inspired to keep building.
What will the focus be for this workshop?
We'll be finishing a guest house/garden shed that started with very short cob walls on a stone foundation. 10' logs cantilever the sleeping space over a garden shed and we'll cob up to a metal roof that will collect rain water. The floor is pine, and the roof will be sloped to make the guest house seem like a loft over the garden shed. The 96 sq ft. structure will be done in less than a month!
We'll also be plastering with a lovely natural plaster: a cob bench, greenhouse walls, outside and inside 4 cob buildings. You'll find the ratio of materials that work best for applying and lasting, which can be used on any type of construction.
On site, there will be the beginnings of another stone foundation to help you understand an efficient way of creating your own. Our time is too short to work on it, but the concepts will be on display so you can absorb it all while you learn to mix fast cob and plaster naturally.
Travel days to get to and from the workshop are Thursday, September 13th (we’ll begin with a welcoming, organic dinner that evening) and Monday, September 17th (a farewell breakfast will fuel your return to the ferry dock).
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To receive an application form, please email Dave: bike at resist dot ca or simply reply to this email.
Here's hoping you can experience the beauty of natural building and cob soon!