Building with Cob – The Book
Building With Cob
A Step-by-Step Guide
by Adam Weismann and Katy Bryce
The first practical UK handbook about building with this eco-friendly material
Cob building uses a simple mixture of clay sub-soil, aggregate, straw and water
to create solid structural walls built without shuttering or forms, on to a stone
plinth. This ancient practice has been used throughout Britain for centuries–
the fact that 45,000 of Cornwall’s housing stock is cob, is a testament to the
material’s strength and durability.
Building with Cob shows how to apply cob-building techniques in a wide variety of situations.
It covers everything from design, planning and siting, to roofs, insulation and floors. Lavishly illustrated with inspirational colour photographs, it is the first book of its kind in the UK.
Adam Weismann and Katy Bryce undertook an apprenticeship in natural building with the Cob Cottage Company in Oregon, USA. On their return to the UK they started their company ‘Cob in Cornwall’. They have built and restored many cob buildings including two-storey houses, small studios and garden rooms, outside courtyards and fireplaces, and earth ovens. In 2003 they won a ‘Pioneers to the Nation’ award from the Queen. They live in Manaccan, Cornwall.