Offshoots Permaculture Project, Burnley
Cob Owl Oven & Bench, 2011
We were invited back here to help finish a cob seating area that had been initiated by some local artists. Working with volunteers during a training weekend we transformed a rather neglected seat into a ‘hooting tooting’ owl spectacular. Using the existing form, volunteers helped patch up the cob in disrepair and bring to life, an owl oven and bench with outstretched wings using rich earth and lime plaster finishes.
Norton Priory Museum & Gardens
Cob Seating, 2010
We were comissioned to build a cob seating for the entrance to the walled gardens. We ran cob building workshops with two local primary schools alongside a local artist delivering a mosaic workshop for a decorative feature to be incorporated on the wall behind the seating.
Old Trafford Amateur Gardeners Society (OTAGS)
Ladybird Cob Oven, 2010
A weekend cob oven workshop at this community allotment resulted in an insect and vegetable themed sculpted oven.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Ipstones
Timber & Cob Youth Shelter, 2009
Working with members of the local youth group we ran a 2 day workshop to help build the seating for this shelter located on the local playing fields.
West Exe Children's Centre, Exeter
Cob Storytelling Space with Cob Oven, 2008
This project was commissioned by the Royal Albert Museum and West Exe Childrens Centre, to be used as a space to undertake creative projects with the nursery children, as well as being a focal point for events held at the centre. It was intended as both an example of sustainable design, and also to reflect the historical character and features found in local vernacular architecture such as its neighbouring ‘Bowhill’ within the fabric of the design.
Sure Start, Nelson
Pumpkin Cob Oven, 2006
Working with Sure Start, Nelson, near Burnley, a weekend workshop invited local residents to help build a pumpkin cob oven. Parents and children participated in both gardening and cob activities during the course of the weekend.
Beenleigh Meadows Farm, Haberton
Cob Oven & Animal Shelter, 2006
Awarded a grant from the National Lottery's 'Awards For All' scheme, we worked with several groups to build a sculpted cob oven to be used by the farm for the numerous community events they host and to start the walls for an animal shelter. The groups included South Devon Steiner School, BTCV in conjunction with a refugee group from Plymouth and young members of Community Supportive Farming. The projects aim was to reconnect people from urban environments to reconnect with the natural landscape and the farms from which their food comes from.
Pow Wow Eco Arts, Manchester
Sculpted Cob Chaise Longue, 2005/ Owl-Chicken Cob Oven, 2006
As part of a cob seating project, Pow Wow Eco Arts based at MERCI in Manchester, invited us to run a one day cob course during Green Architecture Week, where attendees of the conference got involved in different practical workshops.
The following year we were invited back to run a cob oven workshop at Fallowfields park in Manchester working with volunteers to create a resource for the local community park.
Chyan Community Field, Falmouth
Sea Serpent Cob Bench, 2005
Working with site members and part funded by a Living Spaces grant, a sheltered cob seating area was built for visitors to enjoy the site’s views and provide shelter for volunteers.
Paces Campus, Sheffield
Top Cat Cob Oven, 2004
Working with a local arts initiative, Paces Campus, a special needs school and community and leisure centre based in High Green, Sheffield was the location for this weekend cob oven building workshop. The oven is used by a variety of the centre’s groups including the youth club. The project was funded by the Fair Play Partnership small grants programme.
Heeley City Farm, Sheffield
Dragon Cob Oven & Seating, 2002
Built during a community workshop, this working bread oven and seating area evolved into the shape of a fire breathing dragon. Since then it has been used to cook tasty treats for events taking place at the farm, acting as a focus for community involvement at the site. Built with all local, mostly recycled and natural materials, the bench and oven is covered with a timber structure supporting a living roof planted with sedum.
Ovens & Seating
Venture Scotland, Glen Etive'
A neutral space for barriers to come down'
Outdoor Kitchen & Storytelling Area, 2009
Despite the challenging environment there is something special about running a course at the bothy and the collection of people it attracts. A mix of hard work, sharing stories around the fire, good hearty food and people who really look out for each other.Funded by the Heritage Lottery, as part of a larger project, we were invited to run an intensive 10 day training course where volunteers helped to build an outdoor kitchen and storytelling space at their bothy in the spectacular location of Glen Etive. Probably the most dramatic and remote place yet that we have built a structure!Working with 14 volunteers we set about building the start of the kitchen and seating area using cob and a roundpole timber frame which also included a cob Rumford fireplace and oven. Venture Scotland then went on to complete the structure over a series of weekends with more volunteers, passing on the knowledge they had acquired during the project.The aim of the project was to re-establish a mutually beneficial link between people and place to ultimately provide a social context for the user groups to experience traditional food, warmth and story telling in an otherwise inhospitable place.
Bothy Renovation - Lime Finishes 2011
We were very happy to be invited back to the Venture Scotland Bothy. The aim was to renovate the old byre that houses some bunk beds and make it a lighter and more hospitable space. As part of a week long training/volunteer project in lime finishes, participants gained valuable skills to use in their own lives and with work relating to the bothy. These included both the mixing and application of lime plasters and working with lime putty and Naturally Hydraulic Lime (NHL). The work culminated in the creation of a beautiful bas-relief reflecting the emotions, stories and physical landscape of the mountains.