Author Archives: Randy D

May the Forest be With You (and You with the Forest)

Last month, Paul loaned me this book, which has provided the latest fodder for a many month long contemplation on how to best serve the Harts Mill forest (and people).  It’s a great read and a helpful guide for me … Continue reading

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The Harts Mill Forest….

Four years and seven months ago, one of our matriarchs brought forth for this land, a new Forest Stewardship Plan, conceived in Great Wisdom, and dedicated to the proposition that all forests are worth caring for…… While this noble plan is … Continue reading

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Cob project update

While there’s been somewhat of a lull in the activity out at Cob Haven, things have nevertheless been puttering along the last few months, so it seems like a good time to provide an update. The main emphasis has been … Continue reading

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Mastering Plastering

Clay Plaster Recipe Dig up red clay and mix with water to create clay gumbo Pass gumbo through hardware cloth screen Mix 1 part gumbo with 3 parts sand, adding water as needed as you would if making cement.  When … Continue reading

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Striking it rich (from a cobber’s perspective)

Yesterday the walls of Cob Haven grew another foot or two, a notable outcome given the seasonably warm and somewhat muggy early July weather.  Cob Haven itself provided some respite with the growing amount of thermal mass and now complete … Continue reading

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Good boots and hat….

A noteworthy few days at Cob Haven…… Friday morning, Greg, Matt and Amantha showed up with a trailer load of cedar boards. Over the course of the day, a roof was framed with pine rafters and the cedar, completing the … Continue reading

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Gobs of Cob

The whirlwind of April activity has resulted in the little cob and straw bale building emerging from the ground.    On April Fools day, Randy and Greg had an all day core work out building the urbanite (aka rubble) foundation. … Continue reading

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A Glorious Cob Mob

Eleven hardy souls gathered from far and near on 4/8-9 to mix up several dozen batches of cob by foot and hand and start building the walls of the little building looking out over the eastern field.  A big shout out … Continue reading

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April Fools cobknobbing , and much anticipated April cob mobs

According to Websters, hobknob means:  “to spend time with someone (such as a famous or wealthy person) in a friendly way”.  By extension, the newly birthed word “cobknob”  means “to spend time with someone (such as a famous or wealthy … Continue reading

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New Harts Mill video…..

by Randy Dodd A couple months ago, I was perusing the Carrboro ArtsCenter winter/spring course offerings.  One caught my eye, “Make a Documentary in Seven Weeks”. It promised to teach me “Final Cut Pro X”, and also offered access to … Continue reading

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