Building with the Earth:
Oregon's Cob Cottage Company - DVD

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Building with the Earth: Oregonís Cob Cottage Company  


28 Minutes
DVD $19.95

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At Cottage Grove, Oregon, a group of remarkable people have come together to create buildings out of earth that teach us how to live more simply and closer to the earth.

We are going to meet:
     * Michael G. Smith, who trained as a civil engineer, but turned, instead, to this more ecologically sane form of building
     * Ianto Evans, a Welsh landscape architect, who adapted traditional European earth building, or cob, so we could stop using our houses to hide from nature
     * and Linda Smiley, a therapist with a special interest in sculpting sacred spaces.

And we will visit two beautiful cob buildings created at a fraction of the cost of conventional housing and see people from all walks of life, with no prior experience, mixing cob and building with it.


" inspirational video because of their philosophy. I was fascinated by the continual use of the word "sculpting"... After watching this video, I am left with a sense of intrigue about a new cause. People can design their own spaces, and it can be done with joy and dance." Dry Country News

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More about Cob Cottage Company:

Their website is at: The Cob Cottage Company which is regularly updated, and they are available for lectures, demonstrations, and workshops. They offer workshops throughout the country, usually from April through October, as well as an occasional one in Canada and Mexico. They also offer a series of books, and this video, as well.

Their address is:
     Cob Cottage Company
PO Box 942
Coquille, OR 97423
Tel. 541-396-1825

A new book came out in 2002!

Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith and Linda Smiley have just written a new book on cob called The Hand-Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage. You can buy it directly from The Cob Cottage Company.

You can also buy it from their publisher Chelsea Green Publishing Company website, and see a full description of contents, excerpts and resources.

The Hand-Sculpted House cover

Michael Smith is teaching cob workshops, as well as other natural building systems like light straw-clay, wattle-and-daub, straw bale, earthen floors and plasters. He is particularly interested in exploring the connection between buildings and landscape, and creating buildings within a permaculture context. He is available for consulting on natural building construction and design. He wrote The Cobber's Companion: How to Build Your Own Earthen Home, which is available from either him or the Cob Cottage Company. Michael's e-mail address is: Cobcobberwindowsbmp24.BMP (921654 bytes)


The Cob Cottage Company also has a book called The Cob Cottage Photo Book which is available through them at the above address, or through their website. It is filled with wonderful photos of cob buildings from all over the world, complete with exquisite details and photos of the people hard at work.

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