October Volunteer Workday – cordwood and cob!

Our next volunteer workday will be Saturday 17th October, from 10am – about 4pm.

We will be creating the next layer of walling for the roundhouse, using cordwood, cob and bottle bricks.

  • Roundhouse drystone stem walls
  • Roundhouse skylight

Above – pictures from our September workday, when we built the drystone stem walls

The aim is to take the walls to about waist height (though we may not get that far in one workday!). This will leave the structure open and airy, as suited to pandemic times, but provide enough shelter to be able to install the wooden floor.

Cordwood walls are created by stacking logs, much as you would in a logpile. You can get an idea of what it will look like in the pictures above, as some of the cordwood we will be using is already stacked in the background.

The logs will be held together with layers of cob, which we will be mixing on the day (bring gloves and wear wellies!). The cob also helps exclude draughts. We will also be adding “bottle bricks” to make funky patterns and let in light (here are some beautiful examples).

If you want to come along and help, please get in touch 🙂

We need to know numbers in advance to ensure we have enough space to work safely distanced. We are not currently having a bring and share lunch, so please bring your own picnic lunch and your own mug for tea.

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