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.
|Craft category||Walling and hedging; Building crafts|
|Historic area of significance||Global|
|Area currently practised||Devon and Cornwall predominantly|
|Origin in the UK|
|Current no. of professionals (main income)||6-10|
|Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
|Current no. of trainees||1-5|
|Current total no. serious amateur makers
|Current total no. of leisure makers
|Minimum no. of craftspeople required|
- Understanding the characteristics of cob and its place in our built environment.
- Understanding correct mixing processes and building techniques
The basic ingredients are similar world-wide. However, there are regional names [of this medium] that vary.
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
- Lack of regulation
- Lack of proper training and opportunities to train
- There are many people who incorporate some cob building into their work, but only a few remaining experienced practitioners to pass on skills.
Craftspeople currently known
- The Cob Specialist
- Earth Blocks
- Heritage Cob and Lime
- Mike Wye Associates
- Kevin McCabe
- Matt Robinson
If experienced practitioners drop away altogether our historic built environment will be impacted upon