A cob cottage is the ultimate expression of ecological design. Made from the most available of materials - earth, clay, sand, straw and water - cob houses are not only compatible with their surroundings, they are their surroundings, literally rising from the earth. Building with cob requires no forms, no cement, and no machinery of any kind -- builders actually sculpt their structures by hand. This book is a bible of radical simplicity. Gives all the information you need to undertake a cob building project.
|Author||Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, Linda Smiley, Deanne Bednar|
|Short title||The Hand-Sculpted House|
|Long title||The Hand-Sculpted House: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage (The Real Goods Solar Living Book)|
|Publisher||Chelsea Green Publishing Company|
- It is no exaggeration to say that this book will transform how you think about building Review by Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition Movement - from Permaculture magazine
The authors are true pioneers, passionate visionaries with dirt under their fingernails. This is the complete manual on cob construction. From foundations to roofs, from plasters to checking whether you have the right kind of soil, it's all here. It has the best section on making an earth floor that I've ever read. Buy this book and tell your friends. May it spark the long overdue revival of this greatly underrated material and signal the end of the tyranny of cement. It is no exaggeration to say that this book will transform how you think about building. It is such a compassionate, empowering and uplifting approach to creating shelter, a home rather than just a house. It does, however, come with a warning - once you have read it you will never be happy until you have built your own cob cottage. (Posted on 12/07/2010)