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Join us 80km north of Winnipeg in Fraserwood, at Nourished Roots, where we will build a wood-fired cob oven over the course of this two-day workshop.

Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, binder and water. It is a natural building medium, and variations of this mode of building can be found all over the globe.

Cob is a wonderful thermal mass. It comprises the oven body, and also acts as a mortar to build the plinth of the oven. The cob oven we will build during this workshop is called a black oven. This means that the firebox and the cooking chamber are the same.

Cob is safe to work with. This hands-on construction workshop requires on-going but pleasant exertion. We are also working with heavy stones and other materials. and thus we will work slowly and safely to build a beautiful and functional oven. Children age 8 and over will be able to participate in construction.

Children under 16 are welcome with their parents at no cost. Couples must register and pay as individuals.

Carpooling from Winnipeg will be easy to accomplish. We will create a cob oven message board and also communicate through e-mails.

Light lunch provided both days. Dress for hot weather. We will have shade available, and remember that this is a hands-on workshop at a relaxed and enjoyable pace. You will be able to walk away feeling comfortable working with the materials. After learning the basic principles of oven construction, variation and innovation are simple.

Dates: Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th

Time: 9 am to 5 pm 

Location: Nourished Roots, Fraserwood (10 minutes from Gimli)

Regular Fee: $175 +gst
Early Bird Fee (closed May 1st): $150 + gst