Colorado Cob Building
2014 Workshop Schedule
If you would like to register for any workshop or join our mailing list to receive schedule updates,please send us an email.
Exact dates will be determined soon. Locations and directions will be provided upon registration.
Natural Building Talks
March 15, 2014 - Homestead Fair
Good Earth Garden Center
May 3, 2014 - Herb Fest
Come hear Niko talk about building with earth and other natural and vernacular materials at the Spring Homestead Fair at Good Earth Garden Center in Colorado Springs at 10:30 and 3:00, or at the Herb Fest on May 3, time TBD. These are informational presentations where questions are encouraged, but unfortunately, no actual playing in the mud will be occuring (as far as we know...).
Build a Yurt From Scratch!
March 29 & 30, 2014 - OCC
April 5 & 6, 2014
Okay, so this isn't exactly cob construction, but it's a great skill for any cob builder to have. A yurt, or Mongolian ger, can provide quick and snug housing for you while you build your cob home, or you may like it so much you choose to live in it for years. This workshop will take you from cutting the wood for the lathe to wrapping it all in canvas. We'll also contribute to building the yurt's earthen floor.
Ovens of Barrels and Mud
Various dates and places
June 28 & 29, 2014 - Gleneagle
At the moment, we have a few ovens lining up for our hands and feet to create this summer. A barrel oven in Gleneagle, a barrel oven in Old Colorado City (Colorado Springs Westside), an earth oven in Boulder, and...? These workshops are fun and the work goes fast. Ovens are an opportunity for near instant gratification that provide the joy of seeing a cob project come to completion.
April 19 & 20, 2014 - "The Compound" - OCC
April 26 & 27, 2014
The Greenship has been a successful experiment so far, with happy green plants alive within even when outside temperatures drop to double digits below zero. Fully heated by the sun, whose warmth is stored in its massive wall, the Greenship needs a few adjustments. One of the beautiful aspects of cob building is the ease of remodeling. “Conventional” remodeling involves a great deal of waste, but with cob, just about everything you tear out can be put back in as the remodeling process unfolds. We'll bring the front glass to a vertical orientation, add a functioning window, cob in the empty spaces, and slap on a bit of new natural plaster. This project will span several weekends. Join us for one day or the whole shebang.
More to Come!
More projects are abrewing all around, including a cob hot tub and some natural plaster workshops. If you have a project in mind or in motion, and would like some extra hands or a workshop to boost progress, please let us know, and we'll put a call out to the mud warriors!
May 3 - Beth El Mennonite Church, 4625 Ranch Dr
The Pikes Peak Herb Fest promotes the use of herbs and herbal knowledge in the community. Come on down and peruse the vendor booths, make some new friends and maybe drop in on Niko's natural building seminar (time TBD). Learn more at www.peakherbfest.com.
Chicken Coop Tour
May 17 & 18, 2013 - Compound (and all around C.S.)
Our cob chicken coop will be a participant in the Fourth Annual Take-A-Peek Chicken Coop Tour, organized by John Conner and taking place all around town. The tour has become an annual affair and attracts more people each year. If you are interested in becoming a chicken-herder or just want ideas for building a new coop, this is your chance to see a wide variety of creative and effective coop designs. Visit the tour's website, www.takeapeakcooptour.com, to learn more about the tour. In 2012, our coop and chickens were featured in a Gazette article about the tour.
Coal Creek Canyon Cob Cottage
Kim's Cob Cottage
May 31 & June 1, 2014
Come help us jump start Kim's cottage into completion! Last year's torrential rains slowed down this project in Coal Creek Canyon (just west of Denver) both in the Spring and late Summer, but the cob has held up remarkably. This weekend, we plan to gather en masse and grow those walls. Our intention is to do a bit of mechanized cob mixing with the help of a mini-excavator to speed up the process, so folks can spend more time actually building than mixing. This first workshop will run from 9am to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday, campers are welcome if you wish to stay overnight.
Details of future work parties will be forthcoming, but in the meantime, if you're interested in joining us or happen to live in the Golden-Boulder-Nederland area, please be in touch and we'll get you connected.
9 am to 6pm both days
Cob Workshop Disclaimer
All cob and earth building workshops will get you dirty. Come prepared. The best way to stomp cob is with your bare feet, so try to toughen them up a bit beforehand. If you must wear shoes, wear a pair with a somewhat smooth sole that you don't care if they get muddy. Cob easily washes out of clothes - but still, please wear clothes that can get good and dirty (no "dry clean only" garments here.)
Though we often have refreshments on hand, please bring plenty of water and snacks to get you through the day. Some workshops will have a vegetarian meal provided.
Stomping cob - and building with it - is vigorous outdoor work. Sun hats come in handy; bring sunscreen if that's your flavor. Colorado rain is rarely enough to stop us entirely. Again, just be prepared.