2015 Workshop Schedule
Rumford Fireplace weekend workshop, May 15-17 /
Oakland CA. / $260 or $75 daily 'drop in' fee
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week Balecob Workshop on Abba's Farm, June /
Riverton OR. / $1,400
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Or Call: 541-655-0373
Cottage in 9 Days, July 17-26 / Point Arena, CA. /
Cob Cottage in 9 Days, August 14-23 / Point Arena,
CA. / $880
Earthen Plasters weekend
workshop, August 28-30 / Point Arena, CA. /
Complete Cob Cottage in 9 Days, October
16-25 / Ukiah, CA. / $880
20% off for full payment
90 days in advance; 10% off for over 30 days in
advance; 10% off for family and friends coming
together. Maximum total discount 25%.
Food and tent camping space are included in the
Rumford Fireplace workshop: Rumford
Fireplaces are the only open fireplace in the world that
is so efficient, it's classified as a wood-stove! We will
be building a Rumford Fireplace in a backyard in Oakland,
CA. This will be a fully featured pyromania workshop,
including fireside science as well as technical details
plus hands-on experience building this amazing fireplace.
month (4 week) Start to finish workshop:
We will be building an 800 square foot balecob structure.
Balecob is a hybrid wall system that combines straw bales
with cob in one uniquely integrated matrix. This wall
system offers an exterior insulated envelope and an
interior thermal battery at the same time. This translates
into not only energy savings but also stable climate
During this month long workshop you'll learn while
building this structure from the ground up. Cob, adobe,
straw bale, bale/cob, rammed earth, and timber framed
structures all share similar components. As we build,
you'll get hands on experience from start to finish.
Foundations to roofs. Being involved in every stage of
construction familiarizes workshop participants with the
principals of using natural materials and gives you
confidence to build your own structure.
The SunDog 9-day workshop is designed to teach
ordinary people the skills to build their own cob
cottages, from the foundation to the roof. Our projects
are small, mostly under 200 square feet, geared towards
attaining a high level of completion in a short amount of
We'll take you through an intensive, step by step,
instructional course on how to: site/design, excavate,
build a foundation, build the walls, AND get the roof
assembled on a small cob cottage.
This course, created by Bryan and Kirk, is the result of
several years of experience teaching the "$1000 House"
course at Cob Cottage Co. We've taken 3 weeks of
instruction and condensed it into 9 days.
workshops are for adding to your natural
building skill-set in an inexpensive, time convenient way.
Low cost, low risk, get your chops up or just test the
Natural Building waters. During these courses we teach
practical skills that can be taken home Sunday night, put
into practice Monday morning.
Got questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
/ 707.884.3831 / P.O. Box 791 Point Arena, CA 95468