Cordwood and Cob building! in Lillooet, BC Canada



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    We are building a cob and cordwood building we are referring to as The Witch Hut. It will have a reciprocal roof and all log timber frame. The back half of this structure will be set into the hillside and will be made of ramed earth Tire construction. We are also working on a root cellar that will be under the house and access form the kitchen. The roof with be a living roof.... we are pretty excited!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    -Total off grid living
    -learn ways to be self sustainable
    -learn how to construct your own low cost home
    -learn how to build in an eco-friendly and low impact way
    -spend some time in the mountains and drink fresh creek water
    -learn about laying hen care

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    We are building a circular cob and cordwood building with a reciprocal roof!
    We have researched a lot so far but have no hands on experience. If you have experience with cob, cordwood or timber framing building you would be handy to have around. If you have experience with building foundations and drainage this would also be nice. That being said we are looking for people who are willing to learn along side us in this venture so if you want to come and stay a few days and have no experience in these areas that is fine! As long as you bring a good work enthusiasm and a happy heart!

    Where we are at in the project:
    July 1st 2019

    We are constructing the root cellar that will be under the building. Stacked and mortered cinder blocks is the type of construction.

    Things you can learn from helping at this stage:

    . Basic cement block masonry
    . Waterproofing foundations and basements
    .proper root cellar venting
    .other diy root cellar essentials
    .planning and preparation for rubble trench foundation. This type of foundation uses a fraction of the cement of a ordinary foundation thus lowering the carbon foot print of your home.
    .planning drainage for earthsheltered buildings
    .sorting and organizing logs for the top of the root cellar.
    .planning basic timber frame for the Witch Hut.
    .organizing tires for the burried back wall of the Witch Hut.

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  • Accommodation


    Your very own private bungalow made from recycled pallets! running water will be outside in a hose. Shared outdoor hot water shower. You are welcome to join us for yummy vegetarian meals with farm fresh eggs :)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are looking for people who line up with what we are all about, seeing as we will be spending time together while we are working this would make for a better experience for everyone evolved.

    The things we are all about:

    -equality for all people/races/gender/sexual preference
    -fair and kind treatment for all animals and bugs (exceptions are made for mosquitoes.... I know I am a terrible person)
    -looking after our environment
    -treating each other with respect
    -keeping and open mind to new ideas
    -we are vegetarians
    -no alcohol at our place, but we are 4:20 friendly

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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