Posts Tagged ‘linseed oil’

Earthen floor for the bathroom

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

The last major job outstanding on the cob bathroom is now complete. The floor. It’s been a slow process, finishing it off between major renovation works on the other two buildings, but slow progress is still progress.

Cob bathroom with its green roof


Cob and earthen plaster recipes

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

There are a lot of projects underway simultaneously at the moment, but two of them have involved clay plastering. There is the cob bathroom, now well and truly dry and ready for plastering inside and out. And there is the interior of the upper room of the smallest of the two dry-stone schist animal houses on the quinta, the ‘wee house’.

Sieving clay for earthen plaster

Rather than include the recipes in posts about the buildings, I’m describing them here separately for ease of reference.


Home-made natural wood treatments

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

I made this wax wood treatment from beeswax, raw linseed oil and turpentine, for the final treatment of the timber frame and interior woodwork of the cob bathroom. I like it so much, it’s become part of the treatment regime for exposed woodwork in all the buildings.

A slab of natural beeswax before melting


We can has roof

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Big progress on a Big Thing (the roof) over the last couple of days.

The cleaned, preserved and oiled chestnut rafters, beams and wall plates are now all leveled and in place and work has begun on fixing the wooden planking to them. These photos are from this morning. By the end of the day, the planking had been completed up as far as the middle beam.

Roof progress

Michael, Wayne and Chris lay the first planks


Roof progress

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Renovation work on the roof has been progressing. All the chestnut timbers have now been removed, cleaned, preserved and oiled and are ready to be put back on the roof, as is the timber boarding to go on top of them. Next will come 50mm of cork insulation followed by a breathable membrane, then the original schist slabs.

Old chestnut roof timbers after renovation

The chestnut timbers have a satisfyingly rich colour after being cleaned with a draw knife, treated with an ecological preservative and coated with linseed oil