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Natural Cottage Project (www.naturalcottageproject.com) is a company I formed in 2012 with the most amazing partners I could ask for: timber framer Sarah Highland, cob builder Christina Ott of www.barefootbuilder.com  and artist / sculptor / thatcher / bale builder Deanne Bednar of www.strawbalestudio.org together we put on cottage building workshops in Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. SunRay Kelley (www.sunraykelley.com) SunRay and Bonnie build magical houses out of local wood, clay and straw. My first book, Buddha House, documents one of SunRay’s amazing buildings. Adventurous souls can stay in one of the treehouses in their magic forest in the north of Washington State. Ianto Evans and Linda Smiley can be safely credited with bringing cob and natural building back from obscurity in the industrial world. Before they started Cob Cottage Company (www.cobcottage.com) with Michael Smith it had been almost seventy years since a cob house had been built in the UK and over 120 since one had been built in the US. Their book The Hand Sculpted House is required reading. We publish the CobWeb Archive for them, documenting 15 years of Natural Building R&D. Lloyd Kahn (www.shelterpub.com) My dad bought me a copy of Lloyd’s book Shelter when I broke my leg in high school. I’ve gone on to wear out at least six copies of that book. It makes me giggle every time I see copies of my own pictures in his newer books.
SunRay Sarah Christina Deanne Erica & Ernie Keegan
Christina Keegan (https://www.facebook.com/christina.keegan.1/photos) is my partner on most of my Cleveland area Natural Building and Rocket Mass Heater work. Erica & Ernie Wisner  (http://www.ernieanderica.info/rocketstoves) have  ben major contributors in Rocket Mass Heater development over the last decade. We publish copies of their detailed heater plans.






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