Learn to Build a Wood Fired Cob Oven

Date: June 8 - June 8, 2014
Duration: 1 Day
Fee: $99
Category: Wood Fired Cob Oven
Location: Calgary , AB

Come out for a day, join us in Calgary to learn all about building with earth and how use it to build an efficient wood fired oven. By the end of it, you’ll have gained the skills to build your very own wood-fired oven made from natural materials including clay, sand, straw, and bricks.

We will build this type of oven, what we call a cob oven, over the course of the day, so you’ll have very practical experience to accompany the theory and design information that will be covered during the day as well.

These ovens create an exceptional environment for baking artisan breads and amazing pizza, as well as stews, roasts, delicious veggies, cinnamon buns, baked desserts and more.

And we’ll show you how it can be done with minimal cost!



Here is a preview of some of topics that we’ll be covering during the day:

•  identify ideal place for your oven
• create a base for an oven
• identify suitable soil for making cob
• lay firebricks
• build a form
• mix thermal cob & insulative cob
• build the different cob layers for the oven
• build the perfect door
• use wood efficiently
• bake perfect bread

Why Hands-on:

One of the key elements in the above list is learning to identify suitable soil for making cob. This what we feel a hands-on workshop can really deliver on. Often, we get students who say they have been reading natural building books for years, or perhaps the great book “Build Your Own Earth Oven” by Kiko Denzer has been on their nightstand through the long winter months, and their comment is always the same: until they were to really get their hands dirty with the material (cob) under clear guidance, they were lacking the confidence to move forward on their own projects.

Why a Cob Oven:

Working with natural materials is an empowering process that, by it’s very nature, invites collaboration and cooperation. Cooking in an earthen oven connects us with the elements and our food in a profound way. By the end of this workshop you will have connected with some great people and you’ll walk away with the skills necessary to build your own oven, of your designing.


“Thank you so so very much for the amazing day!! I’m definitely feeling inspired. I enjoyed very much the hands-on approach. There really is no other way. The instructions were simple, clear and relaxed…which I also loved.”

-Dalia Kohen, Student (How to Build a Cob Oven Calgary)

Why Take a Dirt Craft Workshop:

We strongly believe that natural building is best learned in a hands-on environment, and this is why we always work on real projects in our workshops. Our goal is to ensure that you get the education and experience you need, to have the confidence to work on your own projects. We want to contribute in a positive and meaningful manner to the natural building community and we think that education, with integrity, in the latest building techniques can expand and add to this emerging field.

Learn From Experience:

We have taught over 450 students, and worked on many projects since we officially became a business in 2010. This means we have encountered many different, and sometimes difficult situations. We bring this experience and knowledge to each workshop, so that when you encounter your own difficulties, during your own project, you will be armed with all of the necessary information to make decisions when the time comes.

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**Please note that we send out specific course information to all registered participants about a week prior to the workshop date which includes location, and a brief reminder of what to expect, and what to bring. When you register online, we save your contact your contact information, for our records only (we respect your privacy, and would never sell it to a third party!). If you would rather bypass PayPal (you don’t have to have a PayPal account to use our online registration service), we gladly except cash or cheques instead. Payment in advance is still required to reserve your spot. Please contact us if you would like to pursue this option. Thanks!