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The Hand Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage

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  • The Hand Sculpted House A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage. Ianto Evans, Michael Smith and Linda Smiley

The Hand Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage

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All the information you need to construct an energy-efficient and cosy cob building.  

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This is a building method so old and so simple that it has been all but forgotten in the rush to synthetics. A cob cottage,cobb, however, might be the ultimate expression of ecological design, a structure so attuned to its surroundings that its creators refer to it as "an ecstatic house." The authors build a house the way others create a natural garden. They use the oldest, most available materials imaginable—earth, clay, sand, straw, and water—and blend them to redefine the future (and past) of building. Cob (the word comes from an Old English root, meaning "lump") is a mixture of non-toxic, recyclable, and often free materials. Building with cob requires no forms, no cement, and no machinery of any kind. Builders actually sculpt their structures by hand. Building with earth is nothing new to America; the oldest structures on the continent were built with adobe bricks. Adobe, however, has been geographically limited to the Southwest.

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