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ISBN: 9780930031855
Year Added to Catalog: 2004
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: b&w illustrations and photographs, appendices, index
Number of Pages: 7 1/2 x 10, 528 pages
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 0930031857
Release Date: August 1, 1996
Web Product ID: 242

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Resources on Cob and Natural Building

webster's note:
This page is the web version of the resource list printed in The Hand-Sculpted House. At the time of posting the links & email addresses were correct, but it is inevitable that some of them will change over time. If you try to go to a page & the link doesn't work, please let us know.


Builders Without Borders
(trainings and resources; cross cultural natural building projects for the underhoused)
119 Main Street, Kingston, NH 88042
phone: (505) 895-5400
Web site:

Cal-Earth-California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture
(info and workshops on adobe, ceramic and earth bag construction)
10376 Shangri La Ave., Hesperia, CA 92345
phone: (760) 224-0614
Web site:
Cal-Earth books are available from Chelsea Green (click here).

The Canelo Project
(publications and workshops on straw bale and natural building)
HC 1 Box 324, Elgin, AZ 85611
phone: (520)455-5548
Web site:
Books by the Steens are available from Chelsea Green (click here).

The Cob Cottage Company
(free phone and mail info service on cob and natural building; training and workshops; consulting)
P.O. Box 123, Cottage Grove, OR 97424
phone: (541) 942-2005
Web site:

RR#1, Mayne Island, BC VON 2TO Canada
phone: (250) 539-5253
Web site:

(professional trainings in earthen construction, architecture, engineering)
Maison Levrat, Rue de Lac BP 53, F-38092 Villefontaine Cedex, France
phone: 33-474-954391
Web site:

Earthwood Building School
(workshops and resources on cordwood masonry, stone circles, and earth-sheltered housing)
336 Murtagh Hill Rd., West Chazy, NY, 12992
phone: (518) 493-7744
Web site:
Earthwood videos are available from Chelsea Green (click here).

The Econest Building Company
(design/build, workshops on light-clay, timber frame, earth floors, natural plasters)
P.O. Box 864, Tesuque, NM 87574
phone: (505) 984-2928
Web site:

Emerald Earth
(workshops on natural building and permaculture)
P.O. box 764, Boonville, CA 95415
phone: (707) 895-3302
E-mail: [email protected]

Fox Maple School of Traditional Building
(info and workshops on timber framing, thatching, and traditional clay infill techniques)
P.O. Box 249, Corn Hill Rd., Brownfield, ME 04010
phone: (207) 935-3720
Web site:
Fox Maple books are available from Chelsea Green (click here).

Gourmet Adobe
(Carole Crews's natural plasters and finishes, workshops)
HC 78 Box 9811, Ranchos De Taos, NM 87557
phone: (505) 758-7251

(cob workshops for women)
P.O. Box 381, Murphy, OR 97523
phone: (541) 471-3470
Web site:
Groundworks books are available from Chelsea Green (click here).

The Natural Builder
(short workshops on cob and natural building)
P.O. Box 855, Montrose, CO 81402
phone: (970) 249-8821

The North American School of Building
(training in cob and natural building; apprenticeships; demonstration buildings)
P.O. Box 444, Coquille, OR 97423
phone: (541) 396-1825

Out on Bale (un) Ltd.
(straw bale info and workshops)
2509 Campbell Ave. #292, Tucson, AZ 85719
phone: (520) 622-6896
E-mail: [email protected]
Build it with Bales from Out on Bale is available from Chelsea Green
(click here).

Rammed Earth Works
(on-demand workshops and consulting in rammed earth)
101 S. Coombs, Suite N., Napa, CA 94559
phone: (707) 244-2532
E-mail: [email protected]

Solar Energy International
(workshops on alternative energy and natural building)
P.O. Box 715, Carbondale, CO 81623
phone: (970) 963-8855
Web site:

Southwest Solaradobe School
(earth building classes, especially adobe and rammed earth)
P.O. Box 153, Bosque, NM 87006
phone: (505) 861-1255
Web site:

Sun Ray School of Natural Living
(design/build, workshops)
1356 Janicki Rd., Sedro Wooley, WA 98284
phone: (360) 856-5482

Women Builders
(assorted natural building workshops and referrals for women)
P.O. Box 4114, Tucson, AZ 85717
phone: (520) 206-8000
E-mail: [email protected]


The Black Range Lodge
(books and videos on straw bale and natural building)
Star Rt. 2 Box 119, Kingston, NM 88042
phone: (505) 895-5652
Web site:

Building for Health Materials Center
(natural building supplies)
Box 113, Carbondale, CO 81623
phone: (800) 292-4838

Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
(R&D of innovative building technologies, including recycled materials)
8604 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724
phone: (512) 928-4786
Web site:

Center for Resourceful Budding Technology
(research and demonstration of resource efficient building materials & techniques)
P.O. Box 3866, Missoula, MT 59806
phone: (406) 549-7678

DAWN/Out On Bale-By Mail
(mail order books and resources for natural building)
6570 W Illinois St., Tucson, AZ 85735
phone: (520) 624-1673
Web site:
Build it with Bales from Out on Bale is available from Chelsea Green

Development Center for Appropriate Technology
(education about alternative materials, sustainability, and building codes)
P.O. Box 27513, Tucson, AZ 85726-7513
phone: (520) 624-6628
Web site:

Devon Earth Building Association
(research and publications about cob building and restoration)
50 Blackboy Rd., Exeter EX4 6TB, UK.

The Dirt Cheap Builder's Catalogue
(mail order books on natural building and homesteading)
P.O. Box 375, Cutten, CA 95534
phone: (707) 441-1632
Web site:

Intaba's Kitchen
(more than a restaurant: a central community space dedicated to principles of sustainability and permaculture)
Corvallis, Oregon
phone: (541) 754-6958
Web site:

Institute for Sustainable Forestry
(researches and promotes sustainable forest management)
P.O. Box 1580, Redway, CA 95560
phone: (707) 923-4719

Northwest Eco-Building Guild
(regional info. on sustainable building and recycled materials)
217 Ninth Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98107
phone: (206) 622-8350

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
(research and advocacy for ancient traditional buildings in Britain)
37 Spitall Square, London E1 6DY, UK

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