Dirty work for Gwydir’s ‘Women of Mettle’

August 28, 2014

Continuing their highly successful succession of events for 2014, Upper Gwydir Landcare Association (UGLA) invites women across the Gwydir Shire to a workshop where they will be encouraged to throw off their shoes and feel the sand between their toes.

On Wednesday September 17, the art of cob making will be demonstrated in a one-day workshop.

The workshop is just one of the inspiring events presented by UGLA as part of its ‘Gwydir Women of Mettle: Forging Leaders 2014’ project.

The project aims to equip women with the skills they require to adapt to change and embrace life’s greatest challenges.

Women are invited to come along to learn the simple art of making cob by helping to build a cob oven. The workshop is primarily hands on and involves building a cob oven on an existing plinth.

It will cover all aspects of the building process including soil analysis, mixing of the clay, options for variations on the oven design, moisture protection, heating and insulation for the oven.

Be prepared to roll up your sleeves, take off your shoes and have fun!

Cob has its origins in millennia of traditional building, in some of the oldest permanent human dwellings on earth. One of the most ecologically sustainable building methods in existence, cob has been used for centuries in most cultures around the world.

Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, straw and water. Cob structures are extremely durable and do not create pollution. The process of cob making is accessible, very messy and lots of fun.

The technique is easy to learn and often provides a personal transformation. It releases creativity and is personally empowering by demonstrating that most people can easily acquire the skills required to build their own home.

A resurgence of cob building has been taking place globally, as it is increasingly recognized as an alternative building practice that is desired for its form, function and cost effectiveness.

The UGLA ‘Gwydir Women of Mettle: Forging Leaders 2014’ project celebrates the formidable strength and resilience of women. The project has been generously funded by the Australian Government initiative Caring For Our Country.

Tickets to the workshop are $15 and includes catering. Bookings can be made online at www.trybooking.com (search Bingara – cob) or by phoning: 67 242 052.

Further information at www.ugla.com.au