Currently viable crafts


Cob building


The making of and building in cob (also known as ‘cobb’, ‘clom’ or ‘clay lump’), a natural building material made from subsoil, water, organic fibrous material such as straw, and sometimes lime.


Status Currently viable
Craft category Walling and hedging; Building crafts
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Origin in the UK
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