The unbelievable artistry and craftsmanship that goes into many of the cob homes I see never ceases to amaze me. This cob house is a prime example. Set alongside a stream in Somerset, England, this little home was built by artisans Rich and Lisa, who teach wood carving at various area festivals. You can find them on Facebook – Goatlings Rich and Lisa. They used their woodcrafting skills in the making of this home, particularly in the beautiful wooden door and window in the front of the house.
The couple gathered pine and hawthorne logs from the surrounding woodlands to build the frame of the house and made the cob from the clay found at the nearby stream. The sculpted cob details both inside and outside the home are a simply stunning testament to what you can make out of natural, locally-sourced materials.
Durable cedar shingles cover the roof of the home and the two sides of the house not shown are made out of straw bales – a surprisingly effective, sustainable, and low-cost building material often used in natural homes.