During the summers of 2008-2009 our family spent ten months total building a spiral shaped tri-level cob and log structure which we lovingly call the Snail Shell House. Shell because it is formed in a spiral, seen so often in nature. Snail because I identify with slow moving through life, carefully feeling my way along. Eventually I would love to create a book about our process.
One of the biggest things we discovered after we began using this structure is how easy it is for rats to steal out stuff! Also, when we are gone for the winter, we come back to rat’s nests here and there in our structures (built with sticks and brush along with candles, and socks, and handdrill sticks, and mousetraps, and flashlights, to name a few things) that we have to dismantle before we used the place. We have also had our food storage bins opened by bears (big teeth marks) (they weren’t buried) and our honey storage jars rolled around all over the place, and broken. I hope the bears didn’t cut their tongues while enjoying the honey!