Earthen, or cob ovens encourage and inspire people of all ages. Many a person who has read Build Your Own Earthen Oven has gone outside with a shovel and a tarp and built themselves an oven on a shoe-string budget; some have gone on to build whole houses! Others have built businesses, and re-organized their lives according to a whole new set of priorities and principles more oriented towards doing and away from just earning and buying.
Some of the stories start with bread. People looking for real food realize that they’ll just have to make their own. Others start when people decide they want to build their own house out of local, natural materials. An oven offers a small, less complex starter project where they can learn and make mistakes; the fact that it will give them pizza and bread only makes it more attractive.
There are also, of course, numerous other places to see what folks are doing with cob. Here are a few to start with:
â€¢ The handprintpress archive of in-depth, community ovenÂ stories
â€¢ Cob oven page on Flickr
â€¢ Cob Ovens on Facebook
â€¢ The Saint Paul Bread Club: community ovens, individual ovens, and more
â€¢ Dig your hands in the dirt! a blog about cob art all over