August 14, 2014 - Backtracking a couple of months
The cob bench served as an experiment for us first-time cob-makers. It's about as thick as the walls we plan to make for our house, which is now in progress. This post is mainly a photo gallery as I go through the steps of plastering the bench, to protect it frm the elements and make it prettier.
|Gathering subsoil from an area of our property that will eventually be a fish pond.|
|Sofia and Guy sift sand to add to the soil/sand/straw plastering |
mixture. The sand is left over from the construction of our first house
|Sofia mixes the cob.|
|Water to wet down the bench that has dried out completely, and scraping |
to prepare the surface for the new cob plaster to adhere.
|Testing the plaster mix by flinging it from a few feet - if it sticks it's good.|
|Guy and Greta start applying the plaster.|
|Sofia and Greta pat on the plaster.|
|It's a sensual earthy experience.|
|Guy and Sofia adding final layer of plaster.|
|Smoothing it down. We added a significant amount of fresh cow dung to the final|
mixture for increased strength and added impermeability.
|Family gathered on porch of farm house.|
|My grandchildren enjoying the bench.|
|And where was Fofo during all this? Just hanging out, paying attention.|