4.22.2012

wood-fired cob oven

Ali and her hand-built cob wood-fired oven...
Though it technically wasn't an  Earth Day party, it seemed fitting that we were invited to celebrate our friends' new wood-fired oven this weekend since most of this oven is made from earthy materials: clay, sand, straw, and water. This type of building is named cob, and you can even build houses out of it! Here is wiki's definition of cob:
"Cobcobb or clom (in Wales) is a building material consisting of claysandstraw, water, and earth, similar to adobe. Cob is fireproof, resistant to seismic activity,[2] and inexpensive. It can be used to create artistic, sculptural forms and has been revived in recent years by the natural building and sustainabilitymovements."


It may be inexpensive, but it is labor intensive. A finished cob project (even one of this size) is cause for a celebration... and even more so if it makes pizza! 
All the guests brought toppings to put on the pizza. Among all the wonderful items: fresh spinach, lamb and pepperoni from two friends' farms, tomato sauce and pesto from last years harvest...
Our friends cute home. It has a living roof. 
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 Happy Earth Day! (and thank you to my friends for allowing me to share their beautiful home!)

5 comments:

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

I am part of a fund raising group for KIPP - Kitchen in the Park Project. This oven reminds me of it - but on a smaller scale. Lovely pizza.

piladog said...

YUUUUUM!

forestbuilder said...

Awesome blog Kelcey!
So great to have you share the creativity and the party and honor the space all in one!

forestbuilder said...

Beautiful!

forestbuilder said...

Thank you Kelcey! Looks so nice in those pix and glad I was there to enjoy it too! This inspires me to get more on my blog.