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Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  6 reviews
With detailed illustrations and photos, this manual features step-by-step instructions for creating cob structures. Information on natural finishes is provided, including lime plasters, renders and washes, homemade clay and casein paints, and earthen plasters. It details how to construct a cob building that complies with modern building standards, and gives guidance on res ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by UIT Cambridge Ltd. (first published January 1st 2006)
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Apr 19, 2009 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cob lovers and green building enthusiasts
I read this book shortly after finishing Ianto Evan's The Hand-Sculpted House, and I highly recommend using these two books in tandem. It seemed almost serendipitous that areas in which one book was a bit skimpy, the other filled in the details.

Overall, I think The Hand-Sculpted House is slightly more comprehensive, most notably in the discussion of home design and how to incorporate celestial cycles and human activities into the planning stage, but again, the books complement each other nicely
Andreas Michaelides
When I bought this book I was at the process of preparing to build m own house. Also when I was a kid the house of my Grandmothers before they tear it down so my parents will build their house was made out of cob. I distinctly remember the hot summer in Cyprus was not an issue for us because inside my grandmother house was so cool like you were sitting next to the edge of a river up in theε mountain the temperature was amazing, it was cool during the hot summer and warm during the cold winters.
great pictures and some new ideas in addition to the more comprehensive The Hand-Sculpted House.
this book inspired me to take a cob workshop. such a great book for builders.
Love these hands on books more house plans and photos would be good
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