We’re building another Anglo-Saxon Longhouse in a school

You may remember an arson attack sadly destroyed the Anglo-Saxon Longhouse we built with school children in a school in Norwich. Well the good news it we’re re-building it and having a great time with all the pupils and teachers making another timber framed house with wattle and daub walls and norfolk reed thatch. The local paper wrote about the project today:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/education/arson_hit_longhouse_at_west_earlham_junior_school_set_to_rise_from_the_ashes_1_4692420

Dorset and Devon cob courses – we’re coming home!

At the end of the cob courses this autumn in Norfolk we are making the exciting move back to the West Country to live near family and be in the home of cob!! We’re both westcountry girls originally – having spent our childhoods rampaging the hills and beaches in Devon. We’ve loved Norfolk but the time has come to head home!

Our 2017 cob building workshops – both the cob house/ studio 4 day workshops and the 1 day pizza oven workshops will be at our new home in Lyme Regis on the Devon/ Dorset border. It’s going to be an even more idyllic spot to come and learn cob building with us!

Click here for dates and more info on cob building workshops in 2017.

 

 

 

THE COB HOUSE IS FOR SALE!

Our award winning cob and strawbale home on the edge of Filby Broad on the Norfolk Broads in Norfolk is for sale! Learn more about our eco home on the water’s edge by clicking here to see the cob house on Rightmove.

The cob house overlooks the remote and beautiful Norfolk Broad of Filby and gives you access or sailing, boating and fishing from the garden. And our award winning Shed of the Year 2016 cob studio is in the grounds as well!

See Rightmove for full details.

 

 

 

Cob Shed shortlisted for Shed of the Year 2016

Our beautiful cob studio/shed at our cob home has been shortlisted for Channel 4’s Shed of the Year.

Built by over 300 people from around the world who came to learn how to build their own cob house or cob studio with us. The cob studio is finally finished and we are very excited to say it has been shortlisted for Channel 4’s Shed of the Year.

You can vote for the ‘Cob Shed’ in the Eco Category by clicking here.

You can also look forward to seeing the completed cob shed on the television later this year. We’ll keep you posted on when that will be.

The cob studio is made from earth dug on site, on the edge of a remote Norfolk Broad. We mixed sand, clay and straw to make cob to build the walls. We used reclaimed bricks for the stem wall and lime for the footings. The windows and doors are all reclaimed. A stained glass panel in the turf rood allows more light to flood into the cob studio and the sun also lands on the earthen cob floor which acts as a storage heater, helping keep a comfortable and even temperature in the cob house. Kate Edwards now uses the finished cob studio as an inspirational place to contemplate new cob projects and ideas. And Charlotte Eve enjoys composing new material – when she’s not busy building with cob she’s a songwriter too.

Thank you everyone who played a part in making this cob studio a reality. Here are some photos of the finished cob shed. And if you fancy coming to learn to build a cob house or cob shed with us, please check out our courses pages.

See photos of the cob shed here.

Our how to build a pizza oven workshop is in Sainsbury’s Magazine

You can find details on how to build and use your own woodfired pizza oven using cob, by checking out this great article in the Sainsbury’s Magazine. They came on our 1 day build a pizza oven workshop and wrote this great article. We think the photo of our woodfired pizza is the best – we’ll give you the recipe when you come on a course!

http://www.sainsburysmagazine.co.uk/blog/expert-tips/item/how-to-build-your-own-pizza-oven?category_id=21

http://www.sainsburysmagazine.co.uk/blog/expert-tips/item/how-to-build-your-own-pizza-oven?category_id=21

Alarming global temperature records set

New records in global temperatures are in the news again today. A positive reaction is to look at ways we can reduce our carbon footprint when building our new homes. A cob house is built using the earth on site – there’s no manufacture or transportation of materials. A cob house reconnects you to nature and offers you an affordable and low impact home that needs very little energy to heat and run. Come and learn more in 2016 on one of our cob house building courses.https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/14/february-breaks-global-temperature-records-by-shocking-amount