Workparty: Mini Cob Cottage - Weekend Session Aug 29th - Sept 1st / Golden, CO

  • August 29, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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Workparty: Mini Cob Cottage / 200²ft. Garden Shed

Coal Creek Canyon, Golden CO
Weekend Session / August 29th - September 1st

Before Autumn kicks in!: This is just another hands on, get muddy, work some cob, pitch a tent, share some potluck food 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 any site for clay, topsoil and sand content... There's nothing to it! If you can only come one day, no sweat! Every little bit helps.

Hosted by: Kim Evans
Cost: Free!
General Schedule:
- 8/29  • 5pm-7pm / Arrivals begin to happen and tents start going up!
- Both Saturday and Sunday 8/30-8/31 (if you would like to camp Sunday-Monday 9/1 you can!)
    • 7am-9am / Arise from slumber for breakfast! ...or more arrivals and tent setups!
    • 9am-10:30am / Introductions and mixing demonstrations
    • 10:30am-12noon / Stompin' fun begins
    • 12noon-1pm / Enjoy some lunch
    • 1pm-6pm / More stompin'
    • 6pm-8pm / Cleanup and eat some more food!
    • 8pm onward / The campfire gets lit and festivities begin :)
    • 12midnight / keep it quieter to respect neighboring tent sleepers and home owners

Attendee Count: Unlimited! 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 teach them new stuff!

Directions and Parking:
Please refer to the map for directions. Parking on the long property driveway is available; 4x4 is not required for access.

Tools: It would be tremendously helpful to bring additional 5 gallon buckets, shovels, mattocks (pick axe's) and large tarps so everyone has tools to use! Mark your tools with tape and permanent marker so they don't get lost.

Food: Consider this like a camping retreat even though we'll have a house to hang in or around. BYOB + food and extra if you would like to share.

FESTIVITIES: Hang out with some cool people, make some new friends and enjoy the physical and mental rewards of playing with the Earth! If you're musically inclined then bring your toys for noise! If the group is small 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. The pool table and a hot tub will also be available for use.

Clothing: If you're not a fan of mud stomping and getting your hands clammed up by wet mud you can bring Shop Gloves, Rubber Gloves or Cement Gloves, Work Boots or Cement Boots and of course any necessary Jackets, a Sun Hat and definitely Sunglasses. It's possible for nights to dip in the 40º's or 50º's.

Camping Info: 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. If you camp Sunday evening into Monday, consider mixing some cob in the morning! :)

Dogs: Friendly dogs and service dogs are always welcome!

Weather: Cobbing 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 halts our fearsome work, we'll party the clouds away!

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  • Ian s.

    Hey Justin, not sure if you sent me your contact info. Hope you got mine down okay.

    September 10

  • Raul

    Good to see you all again, and nice meeting you all new friends! hope to see you again soon.

    September 3

  • Cannibal

    Hey guys and gals. The name you know me as is "Grant"; you know, that weirdo in the hammock. Just joined the group after the experience this past weekend. Looking forward to future projects and getting to know you folks better. Hopefully I can drag the wife to the next event.

    September 3

  • Jennifer M.

    I am so happy to have been a small part of such a great project. To be able to learn the process, to see the work progress, and meet such amazing people was good for my soul. Thank you!

    September 1

  • Pablo

    Are there any festivities going on this evening or are many people planning to show up tonight? I plan on going tomorrow morning but I may head over tonight if there's a party :)

    August 29

  • Joe F

    I think I will sign up every time as a strategy to get work ---- Unfortunately I have gotten a job that I will have to work over this weekend and will not be able to attend. I will keep trying to get up there as long as you hold these meetups. See you next time, I hope.

    August 26

  • Raul

    Bring your kiddos !
    Julian 4y.o is in!

    August 14

    • Hunter

      Hope you play some great tunes again, man!

      August 22

    • Raul

      Claro que si!

      August 25

  • Alex Walker L.

    Question: We don't own any camping equipment and have a toddler. We live fairly close by anyway. So I don't think we will be camping. I wanted to know if there was going to be any educational discussion going on Friday night? I wouldn't want to miss out on anything. But if it's just setting up tents, then we will just show up on Saturday morning bright and early.

    August 14

    • JPaul

      Nothing formal is planned for Friday night, but it's an excuse to have a fun, cook on the grill and enjoy the evening before a day full of cobbing! We've planned introductions and short discussions on mixing cob Saturday, Sunday and if anyone stays for Monday. Because of the spotty construction schedule we've had with this build we steer these gatherings along a Workparty vibe where people come to learn the mud instead of a more thorough educational Work$hop :)

      August 15

  • Jennifer M.

    I am so excited about this!!!

    August 5

    • JPaul

      These gatherings are always a ton of fun! :)

      August 6

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