We began looking for workshops on cob ovens -- thinking we'd probably have to travel to do it, but maybe we could plan a vacation around it? Then, in early July, our friend Tim emailed us about a cob-oven building workshop to be held at a local farm later that month! I had an office commitment I couldn't miss, but Dave signed up for the workshop, which was held on July 21 & 22 (2009) at New Village Farm in Shelburne, VT. We hadn't heard of them until our buddy Tim emailed us about the workshop, but we're tuned in to New Village now -- they're very into educating families about farming, particularly biodynamic agriculture.
Dave absolutely raved about the workshop -- he was so pleased he made it a point to drive to my office -- still covered in muddy glory -- that afternoon!
We both wanted to do more research, and we were kind of surprised that we couldn't find a "how-to" guide online, so we decided to rustle up some books. (That's also when I decided I would be creating this website.)
The following books were most helpful and/or inspirational to us:
Building With Cob: A Step-by-step Guide
The Hand-Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage: The Real Goods Solar Living Book
The Cob Builders Handbook: You Can Hand-Sculpt Your Own Home