Here’s the opportunity to see how we make our cob bricks together. BBC Spotlight visited our site and very kindly allowed us to use their video.
The process starts with initially sieving the soil of the land taking out the large stones leaving behind the soil and small stones. This is done over the wheelbarrow.
A large plastic sheet is placed on top of plywood (this is called the ‘dancing floor’ you’ll see why shortly!) and onto this is poured the sieved soil and stones.
Next comes the water which we poured in the centre of the soil – much like making cement.
Now the interesting bit, handfuls of damp straw are liberally thrown over the soil and water. The straw now needs to be bedded into the rest of the mixture and dancing floor now takes shape as wellie power is required. Two to three people then stamp in the straw and mix up with the soil and stones. The plastic sheet is then pulled up so that the mixture is turned around. More stamping is required!
From this stage we continue by taking large lumps of the mixture and kneading it rather like making bread. This is then placed onto another board for further kneading.
Now for the brick shape! Each large pile of cob mixture is then thrown into the mould and squashed into the corners. Squashing into the corners of the mould is crucial. There are five bricks in each mould. They are then gently wriggled at each end and come out of the mould. They actually look like bricks and very professional. They are put to one side to rest. These will take approximately 18 months to dry out.
The process is then repeated to make more bricks!
So if you fancy in joining us to make your very own brick, get in touch with Matt and sign up: Email Mat tel. Matt 01326 221130.
Many thanks to BBC Spotlight.