CCB# 201748
Natural Building:
timberframeround polestick framestraw balestraw-claychip-slipadobecobcordwoodstoneurbaniteliving roof
Artisan Finishes:
earth plasterlimetile
salvage materialsfurniturestained glasscob ovenAmerican Claylime plasterpaintwoodworking
Oct 2012

Waldorf School Wood-fired Cob Oven

Eugene, Oregon

This small wood-fired cob oven was built by the fourth grade class of the Eugene Waldorf School. It was a great introductory project into the world of natural building for these children, as I led them through a series of workshops which took place as their gym class once per each week. In fact, several of the students already claimed to be experts! Many hands (and feet!) make light work, so the project seemed to happen effortlessly. Big thanks to Mazzi for dreaming of this project and pulling all the right pieces together to make it happen. Now on to pizza baking class!

Aug 2012

Backyard Covered Patio

Eugene, Oregon

This small house grew significantly in livable space with this 500 sf backyard covered patio addition. Framed with round pole timbers and notched joinery, this roof structure gives a utilitarian, yet naturalist feeling. The roof covering uses clear SunTuf panels which for allow for maximum daylight while protecting the outdoor living space from the winter elements. The owners do most of the garden processing and outdoor dining in the new space.

The existing cob oven, built by the owners, gets a fancy hood to direct smoke out through the roof, made from a blue steel drum to look like a giant lotus flower.

May 2011

Raven Oven

This is an earthen oven with attached cob benches in the shape of a raven. It was built at Breitenbush Hot Springs over the course of 2010-11 with a series of small efforts in which the community members could get involved with its construction. The project was organized by Sarah Crampton and the roof structure was built by one of the community members named Patrick.

Mar 2009

Turtle Cob Oven

Williams, Oregon

This earthen oven was built during a three-day workshop. The design was inspired from the story of the Great A'tuin in Discworld, where a turtle's back supports four elephants which in turn hold up the world. With all the colorful mosaic going on on this turtle's shell, the world is sure be be supported. This oven gets a lot of use from it's owner and I am delighted every time I get invited to enjoy it.

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