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This is an example of what "wattle and daub" walls look like. Wattle and Daub…

knockout door details...

Gray-purple iron railings, a fuchsia and green wooden entry, and garage doors provide contrast to the white walls of this Santa Barbara home. Photo by Steven Holmes.

before you take on building your project, start by sculpting yourself a model. You can use clay soil or purchase modelling clay...it doesn't matter. Your model will represent the thick walls of whatever system you are actually building with. Make sure your model represents some sort of scale...like 1/4" for each foot of the building. This is a passive solar cob house at Earthaven Ecovillage by Steveo Brodmerkel, www.kleiwerks.org

before building, start by sculpting a model - make sure your model represents some sort of scale measurement

"The word cob comes from an Old English root meaning “a lump or rounded mass”. It’s a traditional building technique using hand formed lumps of earth mixed with sand and straw. Cob is easy to learn and inexpensive to build. It dries to a hardness similar to lean concrete and is used like adobe to create self supporting, load bearing walls. Cob has been used for centuries throughout Western Europe, even in rainy and windy climates, as far north as the latitude of Alaska."

What is a COB? Cob is a structural composite of earth, clay, straw, sand and water that is hand-sculpted into wall decorations. shelters or houses. With cob you can also create beautiful wall-sculptures, to achieve various interior design.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

love the color contrast here with the adobe wall, the curvature of this wall, the gravel entry and the plantscape. maybe we could have some curvature in some courtyard wall.

DIY firepit and seating area using earthbags and muscle. Total cost: less than $1,000.

DIY firepit and seating area using earthbags and muscle. Total cost: less than…