Last Year’s Ireland Cob Trip
in 2018, we traveled to Ireland on our own “Cob Building Eco-Tourism Vacation” - just waiting until travel agents rip off that idea! :) We realized that for our future home, we’d like to build it from the ground ourselves; as eco-friendly and economically as we can. So we decided to learn more about building with natural materials, specifically, Cob. We found a week where we could schedule two intro-to-cob classes while on planning a vacation to Ireland (“Mud and Wood” in Northern Ireland, “The Hollies” in Southern Ireland).
Both classes were lovely and we met some wonderful people with the same interests in natural building. We jumped on in and got our feet muddy, helping create some garden walls in both classes. Mixing Cob is a fun and labor intensive process of stomping your mud and straw mixture together to just the right consistency. Speaking of consistencies, there are a few things you do need to know in order to source the correct mud for your Cob. The mud is a mixture of clay, sand and aggregate. We learned how to test for a good mix, as well as how to affect your mud to improve the mixture for a better Cob.
Seeing is Believing
While at The Hollies, we toured many homes on the property (a few families shared a larger acreage and would help build each-other’s houses). Seeing finished Cob houses were inspiring. We also saw some Straw-Bale constructions. The home at Mud and Wood was equally amazing to see.
We left both classes invigorated to build our own Cob house … But now we just need to find some land in order to do so!