Video 1: Why Fast Cob?
Why Fast Cob! is the Building Method of the Future
16/3/2018 03:33:25 am
I would love to build a fast cob house but i do not have land yet. I will be out of debt this year and then I will start saving to buy land.
16/3/2018 08:50:38 am
I'm so glad to hear this, Shirley...and I'm working on a few ideas to help folks like you get Fast Cob into their lives even sooner! More soon...
16/3/2018 01:21:15 pm
So glad to hear from you again! I'm far past the stage of building (now in my eighty-ninth year) but I'll be happy to pass your video on...
16/3/2018 11:06:15 pm
Hi Ann! What a lovely surprise to hear from you...yes, please do pass this on...my 13 year old daughter loves Fast Cobbing more than just about anything else, so hopefully your grand and great-grandchidren will, too! I didn't have the opportunity to build bike sheds or forts when I was that young, but if I had, I bet I wouldn't have had to wait until my 50s to complete our house! And the best part is that this is fun for every age! Stay well!
17/3/2018 07:44:10 pm
I will be building this Spring and with an attached greenhouse for food independance, I was wondering what you thought about doing the greenhouse in fast cob, but also adding slip form masonry so that I could make parts look like a stone building and also to add thermal mass inside with the rock as a wall. So my idea is that I make the slip forms, mix the fast cob, lay the stones against the slip form and then backfill with the fast cob. Think that would work?
17/3/2018 10:03:09 pm
2/4/2018 12:53:27 pm
I am wondering why with all of your emphasis on the disadvantage of wood that the background of your talk contains LOTS of wood, holding up the second story, the underside of the roof, and the kitchen cabinets. What else is possible for those places especially for tree depleted areas like Africa? Actually, I have seen kitchen cabinets of cob and roof of thatched material -- lovely. And, a cob bench in Senegal developed the problem of termites eating the straw inside the structure. It was on a rock base but I think some of the outer coating had cracked off from the extreme heat in Senegal. Once inside, how would one eradicate them. Also, worth mentioning is that the cob homes in England are protected from the heavy moisture by use of lime coating.
2/4/2018 02:16:57 pm
30/4/2018 08:15:43 am
Hi Dave! I'm so excited to have found your website... I only wish I were closer to your live workshops!
1/5/2018 10:29:28 am
19/11/2019 03:41:06 pm
Hi thanks for your work and spreading this old, friendly and healthy construction technique. I just wondering if you can get permit to build a house with this technique, I know that building code some time is different in different municipality, Did you know if on Vancouver Island are permanent residence (not cottages or 400 sq ft accessory buildings...) builded legally with this technique ? I think using a post and beam and cob filling has more chance to pass permit and inspection compare to a load bearing wall.
Thanks so much for your question and comments.
13/1/2021 12:08:42 pm
Hi there, I’m interested in applying your fast cob technique along coastal land in the south of chile. Its the ancestral land of my son’s wife, they live down there w my 2 grandkids. Their climate reminds me of the Pacific Northwest. I would consider a trip your way to attend a workshop but as of now, i cant get into Canadá from the US. How can i learn more about your technique under the circumstances? And would you be interested in getting an insider’s view of chile one day, in exchange for some technical assist? (Ok, 1/2 kidding there). Thanks for responding, if indeed you do respond 😉✌️
13/1/2021 03:28:08 pm
Hi Angelo (or should I say Hola!),
19/3/2021 10:35:10 pm
Hi Dave. My name is Kasumi. I'm orginally from Japan, now live in Vancouver B.C. with my husband. I am so facinated by the idea of building our own cob house. It has always been my dream. My father designs houses but he never thought it was doable for a woman to build a house even when I told him that I was interest in very much, but now I strongly believe that I could do that after watching your video. What's holding us back is that we don't have a land yet. We don't even know how to find one or where is a good place to live... should we look in Canada, Japan or somewhere is the States... Other than that, I feel like we're ready to take some months off and do it!
19/3/2021 10:54:08 pm
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