Cob Building in Schools
We believe that every school would greatly benefit from an emphasis on natural building incorporated into the curriculum, so that by the time a student has graduated, they are able to identify good Earth material for building, be able to make a foundation, know how to make a good cob mix and how to build various earthen structures. Wouldnt it be so great if the students could teach their parents how to build an oven, bench or little hut in their backyard? Perhaps a student would so enjoy the natural building process that they would want to pursue a career in alternative earthen building! It is possible to build an oven in a school garden, with approval from the fire department, they are considered to be the same permitting process as a BBQ. To build a roof over the structure at a school will require a building permit
Here are some examples of Earthen structures we have built with students at their schools.
Acorn Oven and bench at the Head Start Program at the Pinoleville Reservation
Oven at Roseland School
"Cobversation" bench at Montgomery
High school. No cell phone use while
sitting on the bench is encouraged.
Cob Bench at St. Perpetua
school near Oakland
Childrens play hut,