Dor Kemmyn Brickmaking

The interior shell of the prayer space will be built from 8”x8” cob blocks made by hand at the Penmount site. The building needs 4,000 bricks for the inner surface, arranged herringbone fashion in a clay mortar .  Have a look at this video to see what is involved:

Building in clay is a remarkable experience – connecting us with our ancestors. Clay is the most common building material in the world, and all houses built before 1850 in Cornwall used clay as either the mortar between stones or as entire walls (cob walls) . Clay is also the most effective material at regulating humidity in buildings : it creates a special atmosphere in buildings, and this will be true of the Dor Kemmyn prayer space.

There is something profound about moulding clay with your hands – the discovery of making pottery 9000 years ago is thought to have occurred simultaneously with the manipulation of mental three dimensional objects in the mind. (see “History of the World in 100 objects, Prof. Mcgregor, British Museum).

This project has been supported by :
Councillors x, y x z, Community Building Fund
Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust
Faith in Action
Matt Robinson Architecture

Kind thanks to BBC Spotlight for allowing us to use their video.