Excavation had been done during the year and the foundation started early on
stones were put together
like a puzzle, each one fits in its place.
they are glued together with earth mortar and a small amount of cement
the year was passing by and the desire to see wall rise got bigger
but this work is huge indeed
perhaps 100 tons of cob making,
mixing cob with a tarp would take months…
Wednesday the 13th, three construction workers, from a friend, are available. this is a chance not to be neglected
these guys are immigrants from a far away state (Chiapas) and are not concerned with the end of the year festivities. they are here to make some money and get back to their family.
so I brought them to my place, rented a cement mixer and we made COB
Cobing walls during the rainy season is not the best,
however, the strong and dry winds from the northen deserts are frequent during this season.
it is a gamble, I take…
in fact the very first day is raining
But the wall does not fall apart and the next day is sunny!
The construction goes very well
Sorry, I forgot to take photos on the very rainy days, because we had had three days with hail. Winds are tonic, thanks for fresh air
That night temperatures were around 28 degrees F
A pipe exploded
Anyway the construction continued and finally the workers went back to their boss
With my little cousin, Coco, and friend, Mario, we managed to finish the ceiling beams and finish cobing using a tarp like the old days
the first floor ceiling is temporarily waterproof and the second one will wait until May to be built.
this way, for the same foundation and roof surface
I’ll have two rooms
little clay house,
a hand full of men sculpted you for the centuries to come.
you are not fragile,
comfortable, and soon, welcoming.”