Building a “Palletable” Cobin

Have you wanted to learn Natural Building? Learn hands-on with Miguel "Sir Cobalot" Elliott during two workshops: 1) Miguel will be sharing the process of building a small hut built out of pallets, insulated with straw, covered in an earthen cob plaster, called a "Palletable Cobin". This structure is very easy to build, affordable, super well insulated, non-toxic, and is a great solution for low cost housing. 2) For anyone who wants to learn cob and adobe building hands-on, Miguel will also be building a cob & adobe bench in the children's play area between the oven and cob play structure. Covered in the Workshop will be building a sturdy foundation,…

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Miguel “Sir Cobalot” Elliott

Miguel Elliott, knighted as "Sir Cobalot" has been leading cob workshops, teaching in schools, and running his business Living Earth Structures for over 12 years. His vast array of projects include building an organic nightclub and yoga studio in downtown Chicago, building a mushroom shaped hut in Italy, 2 restaurants in Guatemala, an orphanage in Thailand, and at least 200 cob structures along the West Coast. His most meaningful natural building experience was in Patagonia, where he participated in numerous work parties, or "Mingas" and has been working to integrate this tradition locally. Having been dedicated to natural building for so long, Miguel has developed many tricks of the trade to…

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“Dirt Cheap Housing”

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] In this hands on natural building workshop, participants will construct a small house in just a couple hours. Miguel "Cobalot" Elliott will teach how to build a small house using all recycled materials, such as pallets, bottles, straw, and earth. The structure could be used as a dog house, coop, children's play house, or a meditation hut. Covered in the workshop will be an explanation of the 3 essentials in building an earthen structure- good boots, hat and jacket, namely a sturdy foundation, roof, and plaster. One of the many benefits of natural building is that it offers an excellent opportunity for people with little or no construction…

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