Community Cob Oven Project

At the end of May 2015, a community cob oven was constructed at Denmark Farm, by volunteers from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens who kindly agreed to support the construction of the oven itself as a training project.

finished shelterHowever, to protect the oven from the worst of the Welsh weather we needed a shelter. So we thought we’d build something that embodies our principles and looks beautiful in the landscape. The shelter is a traditional roundwood timber-frame design made completely from locally sourced, sustainable wood by a local co-operative of craftspeople. It will provide a valuable long-term resource for our site and the community with lots and lots of yummy pizzas and fresh bread for visitors of all ages.

 

IMG_605211329876_929891070408416_2132121253217891011_nThe oven will be available to use by visitors to Denmark Farm at all kinds of events in the future. We’re aiming to run ‘cook and eat’ training days, volunteer social events, open days and kids parties.

So, What Is Cob?

If you’re asking this very question then we suggest you head over to The Fabulous Cob Oven Company website where Matthew Lloyd, who will be lending his expertise to the build, says:

“Cob is a material with a clean conscience. Using the clay from under our feet, mixed with sand and straw, it has been a staple building material to millions across the globe for millennia. In the Americas they call it adobe. No energy-hungry cement is used in the mix, and no machinery is required for construction. This is a truly accessible and sustainable method of building that connects us to our environment, and nourishes both our soul and our body.”

We launched our first crowd funding campaign aiming to raise £1,500 or more to help build this shelter and outdoor cooking plinth. We’re delighted to announce that this campaign was successful raising £1,695 which covered the shelter costs plus some essential tools and safety equipment.
 
We’d like to thank all our supporters for their kindness. The cob oven has now been built and is being tested out on the local community and guests. For 2016 we will be putting together packages for guests and local people to come and enjoy a range of pizza and cob oven cooking events – watch this space!
 
Finally, if you’d like to learn to build your own cob oven we will be holding our next Cob Oven Building workshop from 2-3 April 2016.
 
Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like more information.

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