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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Workshop – Building a Cob Chicken Fortress on the Cheep!

This will be a three-day workshop spread out over three consecutive Saturdays - 5/5, 5/12, and 5/19.

The workshops will be held at Small Batch Garden, our new food forest in Talking Rock, GA (between Jasper and Ellijay, an hour and a half north of Atlanta).  Choose one or come to all of them!

1st Saturday (5/5): Foundation building.  We will be excavating (with shovels) a small site for a chicken coop with interior dimensions of 4’x6’ (the walls will be about 18” thick!), laying a French drain and rubble trench foundation, and packing old poly feed sacks with gravel to lay for the plinth wall, mortared with barbed wire.

2nd Saturday (5/12): Cobbing!  We will be adding a short cob wall – about 2-3 feet – with a couple of windows and chicken-size doors to the gravel bag plinth wall we built the previous week, building in roosts and nesting boxes as we go up.  We will also anchor door jambs and top sill plates to prepare for the carpentry workshop on the last weekend.

3rd Saturday (5/19): Roof and water capture.  In the last workshop we will build a simple pitched metal roof onto the top sill plate we anchored into the cob wall the previous week.  We will also build and attach the little doors, and set up the very simple water capture system.

Space is limited to four cars.  Please carpool if possible.  Workshops will run from 10AM to whenever we finish, but you may leave early if necessary.  Lunches will be provided (vegans should bring their own); please consider a donation to cover our expenses for this.  Email me to reserve your spot and get directions to Small Batch.  Really looking forward to it!!

Tripp Tibbetts
Steward of Small Batch Garden

1 comment:

  1. We've got 4-8 people promised so far. Plenty to get the job done. I'd love for more to come out, though. This kind of building is very democratic, very inexpensive, very permanent, and very beautiful...it's huge on the west coast, and needs to become so here, with all of our great north Georgia clay. I'm learning here, too, so don't feel embarrassed if you don't understand cob. Come on out and let's learn together. It's something I think our children will really appreciate.