It's fun and enlightening! It inspires getting acquainted with and connected to nature, oneself and one's fellow cobbers. Building with cob definitely enhances well-being.
Cob is gentle on the planet. Using cob reduces the use of wood, steel, and toxic building supplies.
It's fun to use your mind to figure out how moisture, gravity, heat, seasons, temperature, and water function in nature. Observe how nature creates form and beauty. Notice patterns in nature's structures, in plants, bones, a snail shell, bubbles, a cobweb, a nest, etc.
Get to know your environment so you can treat it respectfully. Notice how your actions affect nature. Gather what you need for building in places where you will cause the least damage/impact. Learn which trees to cut, and at what time of the year. Where does your home fit into nature gracefully?
Cobbing is a fun way to get to know Mother Nature. Building with cob satisfies some ancient human urge and reminds you that you really are part of the natural world.
Cobbing requires defining what it is that you want. This process will give you a clearer picture of who you are! You will be the creator of your environment in every step of the process: designing, building, and decorating!
Cobbing connects you to the long forgotten memories of building with nature that have been stored in your cells and passed down from your ancestors. It will help you remember that you are a child of Mother Earth. You'll get to know the inventor in yourself, the artist, the inspired creator, the designer, the organizer, the homemaker. Become familiar with your own ingenuity and intelligence. Stretch your ability to visualize and to answer questions. Cobbing will help you develop confidence in the many facets of your being.
Cobbing is good for your body! Watch as it gets stronger, harder and healthier! You'll learn to move efficiently and pace yourself. Cobbing is rhythmic, slow and constant so your fitness kind of sneaks up on you. I've heard claims of cob healing just about everything from anorexia to arthritis!
Cob building sites are usually quiet and safe places for people to be. Cob structures make nontoxic, healthy indoor environments for the occupants.
It's easy to inspire others to participate in cob building projects because it's so fun and satisfying. People are happy when they are part of a team making something beautiful and useful! Cobbing lends itself to sharing, co-creation and group decision making. It reminds us that we can still function as a clan.
Cobbing together inspires deep sharing and friendship. Wonderful conversations seem to arise out of the mud! Cob building sites welcome people of all ages and abilities to join in the fun!
You can do it! Cob is a flexible and forgiving medium. It requires dedication more than physical strength, and willingness to experiment more than skills. Building with cob is an easy way to go on a big adventure!
Did you think you might have to pay rent forever? Now that you have this book, you'll see there's a way out! If you have a place to build on, and you're a good scrounger, and if you're good at getting people together for house raising parties, your cob home can cost as little as $10 a square foot! A well-designed cob home will save you money on energy bills too! A conventional house made of concrete, 2x6s, chip board, plastic, fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum, composition shingle will cost at least $65 a square foot. (These are 1996 prices.)
The organic shapes of cob walls are pleasing to the eye. Walking into a rounded cob home is like walking into a hug.
Naturally cool in the summer and warm in the winter, a cob home will keep you comfy year round. The thermal mass of the walls slows down changes in the temperature. Heat from a fire and from the sun will be absorbed and radiated back to you during the cooler nights. Cob walls also muffle sound, making a quiet indoor space.
No, cob homes don't melt in a downpour. Cob homes last for centuries. With the revival of cob and other natural building techniques, the next few generations can choose not to spend their lives paying off a mortgage. Cob homes don't require much maintenance either.