Cob Oven Workshop
When: Autumn 2023
Time: 9 am to 5 pm (Both Days)
Cost: $200 per adult; $100 per child (10-17), with purchase of at least one adult ticket
Recommended Ages: 10+
Want to build an amazing low-cost oven in your backyard from natural and on-site materials? Join us for a two-day cob oven workshop at Hundred Fruit Farm this spring!
Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, and fiber (usually straw) and has been used as a building material for thousands of years. In many climates, cob can work great as a building material for houses, but it doesn't possess great insulative properties, so in our colder climate, cob is mostly used for building internal walls of houses or external walls for uninsulated buildings like sheds of outhouses. But cob is also an excellent choice for earthen ovens! Cob ovens can be made almost entire from on-site materials and they function extremely well! Cob has a lot of thermal mass, which means it will retain a lot of heat once the oven is fired up, and provides a nice, even heat for baking breads, pizzas, and pretty much whatever you want! Check out the example images below to see what these ovens look like when they are all finished!
Over the course of two days, you will learn everything you need to know about how to build one of these ovens in your own backyard from scratch!
The workshop will be held over the course of two days, 1-2 weeks apart. This will give time for the first cob layer(s) to dry before the second day of the workshop. The schedule will go something like this:
Explaining foundation design putting the finishing touches on the stone foundation
Building the sand form that will become the interior space of the oven
Testing soil for cob building
Mixing cob and building the first cob layer around the oven
Day 2 (1-2 weeks after day 1):
Pulling out the sand form
Insulating the oven using natural and/or recycled materials
Mixing earthen finishing plasters and applying them to the oven
Firing up the oven and cooking in it!
The cost for the workshop is $200 per person. This includes a farm fresh lunch for both days as well as coffee, tea, and snacks for breaks. If you prefer to bring your own lunch because you have special dietary restrictions, please let us know and we can deduct a small amount from the cost of the workshop.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is basically for anyone and everyone, though we think children under 12 might have a hard time staying focused and engaged for the whole day. Children who attend must be in the supervision of an adult also attending the workshop.
When will the workshop be? I'm dying to know!
We will let you know as soon as we get it scheduled if you click the button to be notified below! We keep pushing it back, but it will definitely happen at some point in 2023, most likely September, October, or November at the latest.