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    • CommentAuthordelprado
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2017
    I am thinking about doing this with cob. Is it stupid to think that?
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2017
    It has been done. A web search will show articles & videos. How will you protect the wall from the weather?
    You would need stone or brick probably up to say 600mm and a good 'roof' to protect the cob from rain - and the sides would need have a protective render. In other words the same protection would be needed as given to a cob house - otherwise the cob wall will melt in the wet weather.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2017
    I have seen it done with watles for sides and a thatched roof on top, looked great.
    If the oversail of the roof is sufficient and you have the 'good pair of boots' you may not need a render other than perhaps a (decorative) 'smooth cob' finish. You might, if you want, lime-wash each year, though.

    The attached pic shows a stone wall with a thatched 'roof', in Avebury. Interestingly, on closer inspection, it also seems to show a small dinosaur about to cross the road....
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    Edited to remove duplicate post
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2017
    chased by an Armadillo
    ''chased by an Armadillo''

    Oh yes! Or a wild boar.
    • CommentAuthordelprado
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2017
    hmm, I suppose as this is directly next to neighbours land it would be a struggle to render the other side, as it were, and harder to maintain.
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