Sculpting a cob basilisk at Palatine
August 4 & 5, Sunday & Monday
10 am - 5 pm
All ages and abilities welcome to this muddy universe of building with earth!
Location: Palatine --- 705 Berry Hill Ln.
When you turn from Eaglemount Rd. onto Berry Hill Ln, it is approximately a 5 minute slow drive down a bumpy unimproved gravel road, and 705 is a LEFT.
from our host, Pan Greenwood
Does anyone else look at their walls and feel like it has insufficient snakes? Like their home would feel more like Hogwarts with a Basilisk inside the ramparts? Is it just me?
I've finally FINALLY decided to remedy my problem, and started in on a project - building a wall of embedded glass with an immense cob snake coiling across it.
If you would like to fulfill your un-itched hankering for more snakes, go to a free cob workshop, or just help your friend Pan build cool stuff in his castle, come along!
Cob workshops are cool in that you don't have to show up at any particular time in that timeframe, but wherever you do, you get to jump hands on into mud and learn that particular part of the process. (If you want to learn how to make a cob wall snake in your own home come for the whole time.)
Bring yourself. Bring your friends. In addition to purely selfish reasons, I feel like the more people who know how to build their own homes out of the materials around us, especially in a community like ours where housing is so incredibly expensive, the stronger our communities become.
The work party is totally free, and we'll feed you! RSVP so we know how many to cook for! Yes, it's okay to come for part of the day. Wear clothes you don't mind getting muddy, including layers for inclement weather. Sometimes clay can stain. Gloves (or shoes) are not necessary but feel free to bring them if you desire. 100% waterproof/ sturdy vinyl nitrile gloves are best if you do want them, we have some to loan.
We practice foundational methods for applying the same skills and materials to projects of your own imagination, in your own home! Earthen building is surprisingly versatile, durable, low-tech, non-toxic, and beautiful - a fine addition to any home construction or retrofit. We will discuss application, appropriate technology, and methodology for building with earth in this climate as we work, sing, and play together.
There is no designated childcare, but children are most welcome. Elders, as well, who wish to sit and watch, (or work only a little!). Musicians who would like to serenade us... we'll feed you all!