Colorado Cob Building
2014 Workshop & Project 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.
April 19 & 20, 26 & 27, 2014 - "The Compound" - OCC
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.
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.
Cob Oven and Counter
May 3 & 4, 2014 - The Growing Project, Fort Collins
Join our friends in Fort Collins as they build an earthen oven with attached counter and wood storage.
May 10, 2014 - The Growing Project, Fort Collins
This workshop will be putting the outer skin on the oven built the previous weekend through the use of earth-based plaster.
Chicken Coop Tour
May 17 & 18, 2014 - 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
May 31 & June 1, 2014, Kim's Cob Cottage
Our friends up in Coal Creek Canyon (just west of Denver) will be needing eager hands and feet to help complete Kim's magical cob cottage. We'll hold our first work party May 31 and June 1, and workdays will continue throughout the summer until she's done! Details of future work parties will be forthcoming, but in the meantime, if you're in the Golden-Boulder-Nederland area, please be in touch and we'll get you connected.
Earthen Floor Project
Ongoing - OCC
Our friends' earthen floor for their new yurt will be going on until it is done. Times and dates are flexible, and work can be done during the week. This is in Colorado Springs. Let us know if you'd like to help and we'll make the connection.
Ovens of Barrels and Mud
Various dates and places
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.
More to Come!
More projects are abrewing all around. 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!
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.