Monday, December 31, 2012

The Hand-Sculpted House by Ianto Evans

The Hand-Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage: The Real Goods Solar Living Book PDF Download Ebook. Ianto Evans teaches workshops on cob, sculpting sacred spaces, intuitive design, and natural plasters and finishes. With a background as a leisure therapist, she makes helping to use natural building as a tool for personal transformation and healing.

Are you ready for the Cob Cottage? This can be a building method so outdated and so simple that it has been all but forgotten in the rush to synthetics. A cob cottage, cobb, however, is likely to be the last word expression of ecological design, a structure so attuned to its surroundings that its creators refer to it as "an ecstatic house.

The authors construct a home the way others create a pure garden. They use the oldest, most out there materials imaginable--earth, clay, sand, straw, and water--and mix them to redefine the long run (and previous) of building. Cob (the phrase comes from an Previous English root, which means "lump") is a combination of non-toxic, recyclable, and sometimes free materials. Building with cob requires no forms, no cement, and no machinery of any kind. Builders truly sculpt their constructions by hand.

Constructing with earth is nothing new to America; the oldest constructions on the continent have been built with adobe bricks. Adobe, nonetheless, has been geographically limited to the Southwest. The bounds of cob are outlined only by the builder's imagination.

This book gives solutions regarding our role in Nature, family and society, about why we really feel the ways that we do, about what's lacking in our lives. Cob comes as a revelation, a key to a saner world. Cob has been a conventional building process for millennia in Europe, even in wet and windy climates like the British Isles, where many cob buildings still feature household homes after hundreds of years. The technique is newly arrived to the Americas, and, as with so many social tendencies, the early adopters are in the Pacific Northwest.

Cob houses (or cottages, since they're always efficiently small by American development requirements) aren't only appropriate with their surroundings, literally rising up from the earth. They're full of light, energy-environment friendly, and comfortable, with curved partitions and constructed-in, whimsical touches. They're delightful. They are ecstatic.

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