Cob Oven Build ‘n Bake

Note that this Workshop is Saturday only.With Denise Thornton and Doug HansmannTuition $100Materials fee: none

Learn how to build a cob oven, and bake pizza and bread in one! Tour and learn about the sustainable design features of the experimental Underhill House. You will prepare wood-fired pizza for lunch (cooked to crusty perfection in less than 5 minutes) and bake bread after lunch when the oven has cooled down a bit. Workshop includes a pictorial overview of how this cob oven was built and the design parameters necessary to build your own. Hands-on demo includes how to prepare clay slip, and the initial stages of mixing cob (a clay-straw-sand combination) and shaping it over a temporary sand dome.

Workshop also includes a tour of Underhill, Doug and Denise’s experimental home, featuring unmilled, branching timber frame, straw bale walls and living roof, passive solar design, solar hot water in-floor heat, slipform local-stone knee walls and photovoltaic solar electric panels.
Click for WORKSHOP SCHEDULE Your registration includes:• Lunch provided at the workshop site.• Saturday’s  Farm-to-Table dinner presented by Circle M Farm.• Saturday Barn Dance with Chuck Hornemman’s String BandNote: directions to workshop location, and additional details, will be provided in your confirmation email.

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BIO: Denise Thornton and Doug Hansmann are science writers and environmental bloggers. They have presented green building and solar energy workshops at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair, Shakerag Alley in Mineral Point, UW-Platteville College for Kids. They are active in Sustain Iowa County, Citizens Climate Lobby, and Blue Mounds Area Project. Denise is a board member of MOSA, an organic certification organization, and Doug is a member of the Ridgeway Township Land Use Commission.BACK to Sustainability Weekend