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With December day-time temperatures in the mid-70's here in southern Arizona, it's a perfect time to cob walls. Friends Greg & Katie (shown in the photo) applied about 500-pounds of the walls clay/straw mix (cob) over the course of two days.
The highlight was spanning a doorway entrance with oak beams and cobbing over it.
At the bottom-right of the photo, a concrete lintel is visible. Rising from the top of the concrete beam above the main doorway, are metal straps that will assist in securing the (forthcoming) oak beams that span the with of the wall on each side of the doorway.
Greg, Katie - Thanks! Your enthusiam and interest in the ideas and methods behind this project are really what it's all about....Bart