Both the oven arch and the plinth were set in lime mortar
Making an oven under cover at the Forty Hall Community Vineyard - an impressive community growing project.
Made with recycled materials; 60 used tires, 3 x pallets, green wood felled previously at the school. Existing structure looked like this:
We built a bench on a rammed car tire foundations & walls made of clay. We used local London clay and lovely red unfired bricks supplied from Mike Wye. The bricks here salvaged from clay from the EBUK stand at Eco Build Trade Show 2012.
Parents and children were invited to help make the cob mix. Frankie worked on the benches using old pallet wood. Animals (birds, rabbit, crocodile, lizard) were sculpted over two days by Linda - except the elephant which was created by Frankie. Thanks to Alessandra, Dominic, Riq, school staff especially Sophia, Malcolm and reception, parents and children! We tried to start each day with a Qi Gong warm up led by Frankie - big hugs.
Earth oven: recycled materials- clay, bottles & bricks from Lets go lets grow! Plinth made with clay mortars
Nice quote "I got in touch with Linda from Cob in The Community initially to learn how to build a cob oven. I have been wanting to build one in my own garden but never knew how and this seemed a great way to learn! But actually...I got so much more out of it. I got introduced to the amazing world of clay and it's so many different uses, I worked alongside great people and got inspired to do so much more than just a clay oven!!"
May 2012 Completion of walls at the Meadow Orchard! Hurrah! Some of the build regulars, including meadow orchards very own, Kate!
Winner of best nails after the cob juggling workshop!
Junior cobblers out in force
"We love our new oven! Linda was a total joy to work with and made the course professional and lots of fun. 100% recommended. Thank you." Harriet, Oasis Children's Nature Reserve
Cob oven workshop South London
Over 15 local residents and community workers joined us on sunny weekend in October at the Oasis Nature reserve to build a cob oven. It was a great weekend - warm enough for a bare foot cob dance!
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Bringing Community together to build and bake
Cob in the Community worked with Transition Finsbury Park at the Well Oiled Festival September 2011, to run a cob workshop with volunteers from the The Challenge . Their tasks was to help fundraise and make cob bricks for the Eco Hut project at Meadow Orchard.
The team first learnt about cob as a sustainable building method then set to work making cob, shaping this into balls for moving across a busy festival field via a "cob toss". The mix was a wee bit dry - my fault I was trying to spare the new trainers some folk were sporting but mostly the aim was to get as many folk stuck in as possible. The preferred method of getting the cob into the cob brick frames seemed to be using a conventional fired building brick to whack these in.
The Challenge sent along a fantastic team who were a pleasure to work with, picked up the theory and practice faster than you can say mud. Next week they will be taking part in a live build over at Meadow Orchard.
In 2009 we were approached by our local primary school to build an earth kitchen. Working with children from all age groups we built:
A cob oven
A series of benches
A cupboard - encased in cob
We were blown away by the response and thank you cards "best thing we have ever done in our school" said one of our young earth builders from year 6
We started working in winter 2009. VCF Triage volunteers smashed away at the cement and wire that covered the existing structure. The cement was cracking and in need of regular repair. The cement was holding in water and the damp rising from the ground below. We removed the cement and replaced this with an earth based cob cover. Cob “breathes”.
We worked with VCF Young farmers to come up with ideas and designs for the cob bench. They based their ideas on their inspirations of working at VCF farm. We discussed who how they wanted the structure to work as an area for play and learning about ecology. The Young Farmers made 3d models, we documented these and used them as the basis for the design you see here today.
The cob was mixed by community and corporate volunteers from HSBC, RICS, Lloyds, and members of the public and friends of Vauxhall City Farm.
The structure was funded by SITA and completed in 2010. Cob in the Community would like to thank everyone at Vauxhall City Farm and all the friends who have been part in making this structure. Most of all we would like to thank the unsung heros of ecology, the worms and insects and beetles that this area of the farm celebrates.
The classic before and after shots - here showing the Leaf Bench
Mixing cob - all age groups!
Shot of one of the Alpacas from the farm.
Welcoming one of the locals from Lambeth Palace!
Inspiration for one of our ecology's greatest workers - the dung beetle, came from the Scarab beetle sculpture at the British Museum