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What exactly is Cob?

Cob comprises of a stiff mixture of clay sand, water and straw, which is freshly packed onto a stone or masonry base wall to create sturdy load bearing structures. Traditionally buildings of this kind are known to last many hundreds of years. The clay acts as a binder, the sand gives strength, while the straw acts as reinforcing. With straw bale construction, cob makes an excellent medium for plugging in odd gaps. It can also be used to create solid sculptured reveals around openings and niches.
Cob has got nothing to do with meallie or corn cobs as sometimes mistakenly thought!!



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"E-WIRE" lights by Andy Horn

The Eco Design lighting range is made from local or recycled materials. Standing Floor Lamps, Desk Lamps, Pendant Lights and Chandeliers are available. The lamp stands are from locally moon phase harvested alien timber. Recycled car parts are used as bases. Various paper shades & low energy LED light bulbs provide good lighting and create a beautiful atmosphere.

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We offer a number of construction & info manuals on our website on natural building technologies which specifically refer to the South African context. The info manual "A LIME DUNG PLASTER RECIPE" has recently been added to the collection.   Click here for more information.

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