This book truly lives up to its cover credits and description of contents:-
"...the most practical and beautifully illustrated book on earth building ever published."
"An inspiring vision and practical guide..."
The step-by-step instructions for creating cob structures are easy to follow, practical and a pleasure to read.
A deep insight and wisdom flows through the words that is uplifting and inspiring. Reminding the reader that they, and the structures they build have a place in Nature.
Also that building with natural substances obeys certain rhythms and laws. Observing these leads to harmonious results and can be fun .
The effect of reading this book is similar to that of reading Christopher Alexander (Pattern Language/Timeless Way of Building).His influence is apparent, and present in some of the quotes.
The illustrations and photographs are clear and graphically excellent, adding visual detail to the text that complements the instructions perfectly. Making it easy for a complete beginner to understand and follow.
The section with information on natural finishes, detailing lime plasters, renders, washes, earthen plasters, and home made clay and casein paints, contains essential basic information, scientific facts, and questions and answers. Also very practical `how-to' instructions, text & ideas.
Finely thought out facts and legalities, including an interview with a specialist Architect are in the informative chapter which advises on constructing cob buildings which comply with modern building standards.
The guidance on restoring and repairing old cob structures details everything from how to make cob blocks, to typical problems you may find.
Useful and helpful at a time when many old buildings are being renovated.
The book is completed with very comprehensive list of resources and suppliers.