About Sir Cobalot

Miguel Elliott has been a leader in the natural building movement for over 20 years.  He started his Sonoma County based business/service Living Earth Structures in 2008 after spending years travelling around the world developing his skills and being inspired by different methods of building. He was knighted as "Sir Cobalot" with a special ceremony when he proclaimed his commitment to promoting natural building.  He deeply believes in the importance of Earthen building and works to create opportunities for community involvement. 


    The Mission is to construct high quality living earth structures, such as cob benches, wood fired ovens, and adobe dome saunas encouraging community involvement through educational workshops and gatherings around the finished project, promoting a healthy, simple and creative lifestyle harmonious with the natural flow of creation.


     After spending over ten years of natural building in countries ranging from Argentina, Guatemala, Africa, Thailand and around the US, Miguel Elliott aka "Sir Cobalot" has brought his skills to his hometown of Petaluma, California, a town with a rich history of natural adobe building.   Inspired and fascinated at an early age by the earthen ovens at General Vallejo’s old adobe home in Petaluma, Miguel now finds himself specializing in creating various living earth structures such as cob benches, cob ovens, adobe dome saunas and small huts.  Miguel spent nearly 4 years at the Isis Oasis Retreat center in Geyserville, where he built the Hobbit Hut, Gingerbread House, and several other cob structures around the property.


      Using material directly from the earth, being local, non-processed, and healthy, it goes beyond the standards of green building.  The walls literally breathe, making them living organisms taking on a character of their own, while being an excellent use of functional art, very pleasing to all senses.   The structures are all protected from the weather with a non toxic plaster, and sealer, giving them a long lifetime to be enjoyed by many.  Led by Miguel Elliott, Living Earth Structures is a collaboration of experienced teachers and natural builders who all play a role in helping with the various aspects of the venture,  Our workshops offer an excellent opportunity to connect with people in your community, while sharing a new skill which can greatly enhance the quality of life for many years to follow.   Similar to the barn raising concept, with the guiding of an experienced natural builder, earthen structures can be built with the help of friends and family, making it the ultimate work party medium.


Following is a list of the wide array of services offered by Living Earth Structures.

  • Lead workshops

  • Give school presentations                            

  • Sculpt art on walls

  • Teach how to cook in oven

  • Lead sweats in Sauna

  • Build cob “coops”

  • Construct outdoor fireplaces

  • Build outdoor bathtubs

  • Involve owner and family

  • Teach work chants

  • Use clay from onsite

  • Provide mosaic stepping stones

  • Build ponds in backyard

  • Build cob fountains

  • Make adobe bricks

  • Round out windows, arch doorways, round corners

  • Earthen clay plaster

  • Sculpt trees, candleholders

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