Heh, you know, there really is magic in “just starting somewhere”. Ever since I’ve decided to get going and build the outdoor kitchen with the mobile cob oven trick this summer and autumn (read: right about NOW), things have begun to fall into place very neatly and in the most amazing ways. To the point where I’ve actually rented a mini digger for TOMORROW! Anyway, I’m keeping this post sticky and will update it as things progress.
Filed under ‘fun with mud’
Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! So first things first: I am superbly proud of myself. I managed to get EVERYTHING done that I wanted to do and try with the mini digger. On my own, by myself. Now there’s a huge pile of ready-made cob sitting next to a big hole in the ground, and my sister’s stretch of lawn… can now be levelled and sown much more easily. ;-) But of course the whole thing took much longer than I thought. (when will I learn)
In May I told you about my second attempt at building a pizza oven last year, and with roughly the same amount of delay, here’s the follow up story about our first time actually using it at the end of June. Spoiler: It worked alright and made lovely pizza! ;-)
Okay, so I had 211 photos to choose from for this article! To make sure it has at least a chance of going online sometime this week, I am going to make this a bit of a picture story: My Second Attempt At A Cob Pizza Oven, In 70 Pictures. And a bit of text.
A ton of pictures and only a bit of text from our cob course at Edwards & Eve Cob Building in August this year. Took me a while to write up again, mostly because I was busy doing some actual work on the plans and the oven :-) and I do hope it’ll convince you all to go attend a course yourselves. Nothing like a cob course to get you going!
How I built my first cob pizza oven, or as much as I remember of it.
Warning: This is by far the blog post with the most pictures I’ve ever written – there’s almost more pictures than characters! And it took me close to half a year to write as well. But all those pictures serve very well to illustrate the whole process of building a fat, massive 2½ ton “mud” stove in a four day workshop. It was absolutely brilliant!
This is one of the two books I’d definitely recommend to anyone thinking about building a cob house, for a whole bunch of reasons.
So I travelled to Norfolk in August 2012 for a four day build your own house cob course. Norfolk is home to Kate Edwards and Charlotte Eve and their company Edwards & Eve cob building. Somewhere in the middle of a nature reserve complete with a lake and whatnot, they live in an old cob-or-similar house with a cob extension that they, of course, built themselves (and we had the honour to do some lime rendering on it!). And teach courses on building cob pizza ovens and houses, and they completely rock!!