Workparty: Mini Cob Cottage - Weekend Session May 31st - June 1st/ Golden, CO

  • May 31, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Workparty: Mini Cob Cottage 200²ft. Garden Shed

Coal Creek Canyon, Golden CO
Weekend Session / May 31st - June 1st

Spring Fever!: This is just another hands on, get muddy, work some cob, pitch a tent, share some potluck foods and sit around the fire at night sort of workparty. We'll start with a little sit down pow-wow, introduce ourselves, talk about the project and begin the fun! Come stomp some mud while viewing one of the many ways a cob structure can be constructed. Observe the basics of cob mixing properties and learn how to test a site for clay, topsoil and sand content... There's nothing to it! If you can only come one day, that's alright too.


Hosted by: Kim Evans & our friend Niko w/ www.coloradocob.org
Cost: Freebee!
General Schedule :
8am - Breakfast / Tent Setup
9am - Workparty begins / introductions, project discussion
9:30-10am/ish - Cob time!
12noon - Lunch time
6pm - Settle down and start the festivities!
10pm-12am - Wind down the outdoor fun as a courtesy to neighbors

Attendee Count: Unlimited! We all know - the more the merrier with fun projects like these! If we have 100 people with 50 tarps it would be a beautiful sight! Bring the kids and put them to work!

Directions and Parking:
Please refer to the map for directions. Parking on the long property driveway is available; 4x4 is not required for access. For travel purposes, keep in mind the 2013 flood damage directly affected Hwy.72 and during spring there may be possible time delays from habitat rehabilitation in surrounding areas.

Tools: It would help tremendously if volunteer's could bring additional buckets, shovels, mattocks (pick axe's) and large tarps so we aren't standing and wasting time waiting for tools.

Food: Consider this like a camping retreat where you bring amenities so BYOB + food and extra if you want to share.

Festivities: Hang out with some cool people, make new friends and enjoy the physical and mental rewards of playing in mud! If you're musically inclined then bring your toys for noise! Sometimes depending on the group size we'll drive to the lake and watch the sunset after cobing. If the wind is calm, we'll be able to start the campfire back at the house. Step inside with some of us for the occasional game of billiards, too! Bring a bathing suit and towel to marinate your muscles in the hot tub and the new moon begins May 28th so evenings will still be dim for stargazing.

Clothing: Shop Gloves / Rubber Gloves or Cement Gloves / Boots or Cement Boots / Jacket / Sun Hat / Sunglasses. It's possible for nights to dip in the 40º's or 50º's so keep that in mind while packing preferred clothing.

Camping: If you're camping overnight Saturday evening there are plenty of flat and private spots to pitch a tent; the driveway is equally as flat to park an RV or camper.

Dogs: Friendly dogs and service dogs are welcome at this event!

Weather: Cobing slows down during rainstorms and Kim has her own little micro climate where the weather has played some funny tricks on us in the past. There's always a possibility storm clouds will appear overhead, but they generally move out pretty quickly with sunshine in tow. If the weather shuts us out, we'll party the clouds away!

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  • goldie

    Hi everyone! I'm not sure this is the right place to post this, but I'm planning a visit to Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt. I'm looking for anyone interested in doing the tour there, maybe this Wednesday the 9th, then we could split the cost. Get ahold of me if you are interested:)

    July 5

  • Raul

    Thanks to everyone, me and family had a great weekend, glad we found you all.

    June 2

  • JPaul

    I think I speak for everyone who attended when I say....
    Man that was fun! :)
    Total attendee count for the whole weekend was 71 not including kids! Saturday's peak attendance in the afternoon was 41! Let's do it again! Talk of another workparty brewing for early September @ Kim's! Spread the love and share it with friends!

    1 · June 2

  • theLUX

    Great people, great knowledge, and great weather!

    June 1

  • Tracy

    I am sorry I will be around 10am before I arrive. Yesterday the gps said half the time it is telling me today.

    May 31

  • JPaul

    Weather looks great up here this morning! Blue sky!
    Chance of showers in spurts. See you all soon!

    1 · May 31

  • Alex Walker L.

    We may have to miss this one as I didn't see this till now and made other plans. Are there going to be more of these in the future?

    May 30

    • JPaul

      You bet! There will always be future cob events posted for the group. See you next time!

      May 30

  • Jamie T.

    whoop whoop! Looking forward to getting dirty and building on saturday at 9am :) All bright eyed and bushy tailed :)

    May 30

  • Hunter

    Extremely excited to finally get my hands on with cob. Big thanks goes out to group admins. See you all there!

    May 30

  • Lora

    I'm really excited for this! Just moved to Denver and I'm ready to learn some skills. Is anybody interested in carpooling? I'm car free :)

    May 10, 2014

    • JPaul

      This will be a great learning and community experience especially for children! We look forward to it!

      May 28, 2014

    • Lora

      Thanks. I'm only staying for the day, so I'll rent a car. Thanks for the offer :)

      May 29

  • theLUX

    My kids are really stoked. My daughter said, "You mean we can play with mud and you won't even get mad?"

    We own 3 acres in Teller County and are in the process of doing all the earthwork in preparation for next summer when we will be in full build mode on our superadobe passive solar home. It's critical that my kids see these builds happening first hand and become engaged in how we will soon be living our lives!

    Thank you so much Colorado Cob for putting this on! It couldn't have come at a better time for me and my family!

    1 · May 28, 2014

  • Joe F

    What kind of tarps are needed? The blue plastic type? Approximately what size?

    May 25, 2014

    • Joe F

      I am going to have to work next week so I changed my reservation to no. How I will miss this.

      May 26, 2014

    • JPaul

      Hey Joe! Bummer you can't make it, but that's okay. Manageable tarp size for cobbing is usually around 12x12 - for anyone else that may be wondering.

      May 27, 2014

  • theLUX

    I would love to come and camp for the whole weekend, but I can't arrange child care for my two kids, ages 5 and 3. Could I bring them with? I'm eager to learn this building method as we are currently building an off grid home in Teller County.

    May 26, 2014

  • Hunter

    I would love to lend a helping hand. I'm a strong, hard worker and think that I could benefit the group. I would also love some hands on with cob.

    April 25, 2014

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