If you were looking for our General Manager during the summer of 2004 you might have been told, "He's working on his cob house." "Cob" is an English term found in manuscripts as early as 1600. It refers to an ancient building material consisting of mud, straw or other organic fibre, and sometimes lime.  It has been used as a building material since prehistoric times.  It is fireproof and inexpensive - in fact it would be no pun to say it's dirt cheap - provided you're not paying someone to fashion the cob into a structure.  Anyone who saw Howie, our first General Manager, work on the house would see why it took more than a year and a half from start to finish.

By the fall of 2004, the cob walls were ready for the roof - as you can see in this photo.

Mud structure with unfinished wooden roof
Mud structure with unfinished wooden roof

Many cob houses had thatched roofs that were replaced annually, but ours is made of wood and topped by tin roofing, much like the roofs on our staff cabins.

Tracy and assistant working on the roof
Tracy and assistant working on the roof

Tracy, our long-time maintenance man who keeps our driveway plowed in the winter and our grass cut in the summer, played a major role in putting on the roof.

Cob03
Cob03

When next you're at Easton Mountain, stop by and take a look at the outside of the house.  It's still used as a staff residence, so please don't go inside without being invited.

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