Beautiful Cob

For next summer, I’ve been looking at taking a cob building workshop to update my building skills, learn some natural building techniques, and get closer to the natural world. The process of building a tiny house out of earth and found materials is very appealing. While doing my research, I came across a few tiny cob houses that I thought epitomized how warm, human-scaled and friendly they can be. Some of these were so beautiful, I just had to share.

Case de Barro

Cob Together

Meka Cottage

Cob Cottage Company
Photos by Marisa Pereira

Photo by Kristi and/or Jimbo Diebley.

Other tiny cob home links:

Cob Project

The Natural Tiny House Top 10

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

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Michael S Randle - August 23, 2010 Reply

THIS is what I’ve been seearching for! Where can I learn to build one?

Dayle Ann Stratton - August 23, 2010 Reply

Oh, these really appeal to me. Much more my kind of thing than something built on a metal platform with wheels instead of attached to the ground. They are both beautiful and livable, very warm and inviting. I’d love to live in a community of these. Who knows: maybe it will happen. Jeannette, are you watching?

alice - August 23, 2010 Reply

Another one on Mayne Island in BC http://www.cobworks.com/ Has a catchy little tune on the website too. There is a cob house tour coming up August 28 on Mayne, a cob and carpentry workshop in September.

Christina Nellemann - August 23, 2010 Reply

A few more workshops are here:

http://cobworkshops.org

http://www.kleiwerks.com

Probably one of the best books I’ve read on cob is The Hand Sculpted House by the founders of the Cob Cottage Company in Oregon.

Alex - August 24, 2010 Reply

What a great post Christina. I still have never seen one of these in person, they look warm and inviting. Must be a good feeling to live in one. I’ll have to pick up one of those books.

Cristy - August 24, 2010 Reply

Oh, these are so warm and beautiful! I love the fact that all the “edges” are soft and round. I love that so much of the home has built-ins, and little personal touches (like the exclamation point!). I can’t wait for the day when I can go to a workshop and build one of these cob cottages myself. These are the homes I imagined as a child, and loved to daydream about a small, safe, loving home built around the trunk of a big old weeping willow tree, hidden from the rest of the world by the sweep of green branches. Thank you so much for this post.

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