Thursday, August 5, 2010

If cracks appear just keep moist and keep smoothing.

I put a thick layer of stucco on the base over rocks to help with drainage.

I started on the front and worked my way left. I kept the walls moist before applying the stucco, then when the stucco started to dry i would go back over it with a damp sponge and continue to smoothe out.

Now the process of keeping the rain from washing the mud walls. I decided to use stucco because it's easy to work with and provides a nice smooth hard shell. To keep the color natural I mixed in red clay and it gave it a sandy shade.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I'm testing the strength of the main beam of the roof.

I'm useing wire to hold the post together before i put the roof on.

It rained dirt.

A cob house makes a good shelter.

A few explosives !!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

I cut down an 8in oak tree about 16ft long for my roof beam. Im letting it dry.

Getting deeper !

I added 2x6's above each window to hold the wall and weight of the the oak beam, that way the weight of the roof is distributed among the wall.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I found this buried not far from the cob house, and now its going to be a small window.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Time for the windows . I used 2x4s and made square frames . I have nails sticking out of both sides to make sure the windows fit nicely in the walls.

Random things are fun to add.

I poke my fingers in the top of the walls to help the next layer of cobs fit.

I added two vent pipes in the back wall. I used 2in. PVC pipe.