"Your oven is so beautiful - will you please teach us how to build one?"
"It really was a fab day and I'm all fired up (excuse the pun!) to build my own cob oven now! I couldn't have asked for better new found friends to learn with!" Sarah SP, Devon
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Why come on this course? Join us for a day and learn how to build a permanent woodfired pizza and bread oven using natural materials. A cob oven is a beautiful structure that you can use again and again for baking and roasting a huge variety of foods including authentic crispy pizza, delicious bread and succulent roasts such as duck and lamb. At the end of the day you will have the confidence to build an oven using material from your own land. The course is also a useful introduction for anyone who has cob buildings in need of repair or restoration. No previous experience is required and you don’t have to be built like a navvy!
Course content: This is primarily a hands-on course during which you will experience all the stages of building an oven, from sourcing the materials, shaping the former, building the cob dome and applying an earth render. We will also cover the theory on the basics of making cob, finding suitable soils, and techniques for mixing. You will have the opportunity to fire our existing oven in which our lunch will be cooked.
The course is run on our beautiful Devon farm which has an abundance of old cob buildings in varying states of repair and the techniques you will learn can be applied to the repair or restoration of any cob structure.
This course runs from 10am to 4.45pm. Do bring clothing that you don't mind getting VERY muddy, clean wellies or stout boots, waterproofs and a change of clothes to go home in. Please note that cob ovens are static structures, so you won't be taking one home with you at the end of the day, but you will know how to build one when you get there (and have a detailed handout with stage by stage photos for reference).
per person including our comprehensive handouts, homemade cob oven cooked lunch, Devon cream tea
Saturday 9 June 2018
Saturday 14 July 2018
For current availability on any particular date, please check our course dates page.
Booking: Booking is simple. Just send us your name, address, phone number and email address indicating which course you want to book with your preferred date, and we’ll send you an invoice (payment is required in advance), directions to the farm and any other information you might need. And don’t forget to tell us if you have any dietary restrictions.
Cob oven building days at your venue: We do lots of cob oven building days for schools, community projects and other organisations. We will advise you on preparation work and the materials you need to provide and will come to your site to work with your group to build a cob oven. Contact us for more details.
Just a quick note to say thank you very much for providing an outstanding day in all departments. I think the day was also helped by the fact that as a bunch of strangers, we all got on so well with each other...many thanks for a wonderful day full of joy, wit and great company. David K, Swindon
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