Cob Building Workshop

Learn Natural Building with SunDog School of Natural Building

The SunDog nine day workshop is designed to teach ordinary people the skills to build their own cob cottages, from the foundation to the roof. Our projects are small, most are under 200 square feet, and geared towards attaining a high level of completion in a short amount of time.

We’ll take you through an intensive, step by step, beginning to end, instructional course on how to: site/design, excavate, build a foundation, build the walls AND get the roof assembled on a small cob cottage.

This course, created by Bryan and Kirk, is the result of several years of experience teaching the “$1000 House” course at Cob Cottage Company.

“We’ve taken 3 weeks of instruction and condensed it into 9-days.”

  • Complete Cob Cottage in 9 Days
  • August 17-26 Point Arena, CA. Price $880

Get the full details at the SunDog Builders website and view more pictures of previous workshops.

cob foundation

workshop in progress

working on roof

completed hut

That Roundhouse

This roundhouse, built of cordwood, cob, straw and recycled windows, is located in southwest Wales and owned by Tony Wrench. It’s not only a low impact, natural dwelling built with what was on hand, but it’s become a symbol for the rights of natural builders within the United Kingdom.

The house was built in 1997 by Tony and featured solar power, a wind turbine, composting toilet and reed beds for gray water. Tony based this house on American Indian designs he had seen in history books. In the past, he had had experience building “wacky structures” and wanted to live as close to the land as possible. Even though he built it inside Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, with agreement from the owners of the land, he never got permission for the structure from the local planning board. After several court appearances, he and his partner, Jane, decided to demolish it in 2004, but changed their minds after public demonstrations persuaded them not to. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority attempted to get a court injunction to force Tony to demolish it, but were persuaded to allow it to stay up until July 2006, when they could re-apply under the new Low Impact Policy. In 2008, the committee voted to give Tony a conditional for three years. So – the roundhouse still stands. Continue reading