Workshops

“April’s Cob Oven workshop was such an inspiring event.  I’ve never had so much fun, felt so much camaraderie, and gained such valuable skills in such a short period of time.  She teaches the science and art of natural building in a profound way.” – Tom Knaust, Charleston, SC

” The Romney St. pizza oven project, in addition to the community garden and the overall community led effort, was another key grassroots transformation to a small forgotten corner of Charleston. In addition to learning life skills and taking part in a fun activity, it felt good to help out a neglected neighborhood with the people who live there. I felt it showed the big difference a small number of people can do with little resources and big hearts.” – Rivers Caraganis, Hillsboro, NC

“Beyond just reading or learning about natural building concepts in theory, we got a hands-on experience that has established a strong foundation for us to continue our natural building journey. April is a fun and informative teacher, and she makes a tricky subject easy to learn and practice.” – Lindsay Street, Berkeley County

Most Recent Workshop:

Maymester: Natural Building & Low Carbon Design & Methods + Cob Oven Build

 When: Friday, May 26, 2017  10am-4pm              
Saturday, May 27, 2017 9am-4pm
Sunday, May 28, 2017 9am-4pm

Where: American College of Building Arts campus, downtown Charleston, SC & Fresh Future Farm, North Charleston, SC

What: This Maymester course is taught by April Magill, in collaboration with The American College of Building Arts.  

This three day introductory course focuses on the world’s oldest and most widely used building material: MUD!  This course covers the history of mud as a building material, soil analysis & identification, building science, multiple ‘alternative’ building methods, & how to apply these methods in a modern world, including navigating through permitting and codes.  We are covering other Low-Carbon Design practices and Passive-Solar & Cooling design strategies.  Lectures in classrooms are augmented by the process of building a COB OVEN! Students are also exposed to several architectural projects, including a Rammed Earth home tour on Johns Island.  On the last day the course concludes with a Cob Oven Pizza Party!

Previous Workshops:

  • Chicken Coop Natural Building Workshop: Light-Straw-Clay (Slip-Straw), Earthen Plasters, Cob, & Shipping Pallet Construction at Fresh Future Farm.
    • Recycled shipping pallets
    • Light-straw-clay/Slip straw
    • Earthen plasters
    • Cob embellishments
  • Intro Into Cob & Natural Building: How to Build a Cob Oven Romney St. Urban Garden (RUG) ~ Downtown Charleston, SC!
    • Building with cob and other earthen materials
    • Intro into natural building methods
    • Permitting
  • Rammed Earth, Adobe, Cob and Natural Paints and Plasters at The Barclay School Classroom, Columbia College, Columbia, SC
    • Rammed earth, stabilized
    • Living Roof
    • Adobe and Cob benches
    • Earthen Floors
    • Clay Paints and Plaster
  • Intro Into Cob and Natural Building: How to Build a Cob Oven at Wadmalaw Island, SC
    • Introduction to cob and other earthen materials
    • Basics of cob oven construction
  • Passive Solar Design and Natural Building Materials at the Firefly Gathering in Asheville, NC
    • Designing with passive solar in mind
    • natural building materials and methods
  • Clay Plasters and Paints on a Cob Oven and Bench at Growing Sprit Kid’s Camp, John’s Island, SC
    • Plastering with clay
    • Clay paint, mosaics, and finishing decorations on cob
    • Demonstrating cob oven uses

 

 

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