6 Sep 2010
Competition Time! Win a Copy of ‘Local Sustainable Homes’
It’s competition time here again at Transition Culture! You can win a copy of Chris Bird’s just-about-to-be-published book ‘Local Sustainable Homes’ (I have 5 copies to give away) by telling me the answer to the following before midday this Thursday (9th September). Please email your answer to rob (at) transitionculture.org (do not post as a comment). Which two of the following ten local natural building materials or related terms is merely a product of my fevered imagination?
1. “Clunch”: a soft limestone favoured in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire
2. “Wychert”: a kind of cob using chalk, favoured in Buckinghamshire
3. “Clay lump”: blocks made of straw and clay, using boulder clay from unstratified glacial deposits
4. “Rumpletumping”: a West Midlands term for picking through a pile of rounded stone to find the ideal stone for a drystone wall
5. “Clom”: the Cornish term for cob building
6. “Thackstones”: a term used in the Pennines to describe thick flagstones
7. “Cobble ducks”: term used in Cumbria to describe a wall made from cobbles
8. “Stob”: the term for a handful of straw with a knot in one end used as part of rethatching an old straw roof
9. “Grot-stock”. A Kentish material, mostly made from cow’s mucus, often used as an alternative to wallpaper paste, used in traditional building as a glaze over fine limework.
10. “Grumping”: a stone rubble base used under wychert walls
(I am indebted to my well-thumbed copy of the sadly now out-of-print ‘Craft Techniques for Traditional Buildings’ by Adela Wright for some of the above terms).