How it all began.
NaturalBuildingOrg was founded in 2018 by Cat Taylor. Cat has been involved in modern construction and remodeling for over 25 years. Although building was one of her main sources of income, her hobby and true talent is as an artist and sculptor. In 2015 Cat was designing and building a natural swimming pool for a client when she ran across an article online about cob houses.
It was then that natural building became her main focus.
Unfortunately, about the time she found a school to further her learning on the subject, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. For two years, and two surgeries Cat fought hard to get her health back, determined to build her a cob house before she passed on. During those two years she ordered and read every book she could get her hands on about natural building techniques.
Finally, when she felt strong enough, she signed up for a workshop in Oregon at Sustainable U, and Cob Cottage Company. Her experience there showed her that this knowledge was much bigger than just building her home. There were so many people that could benefit from this knowledge! As soon as she returned from the workshop, her and her husband, who is a veteran on 100% disability, put their suburban house up for sale and bought 45 acres in the piney woods of Texas. She wasted no time in preparing to build her cob house, still going back and forth to Oregon workshops to help teach, and stay connected to her new natural building family.
Cat kicked off with her first workshop in May of 2018 and began her 2200 sq. ft. Bale-cob home. Her house build was filmed and aired on the Discovery Channel and DIY Network. She has been building ever since. Although teaching the natural building is closest to her heart, so is doing some good with the knowledge she has acquired. In addition to holding workshops, she wanted to use the money from the classes to help veterans and others in need. In Early 2020 she registered NaturalBuildingOrg as a 501c non-profit organization, the mission of which is to build a natural path to healing for our veterans and our planet.
Her hopes are to help empower Vets who are depending on only disability checks to be able to build a home on their own property. With teaching and the help of all of the natural building volunteers, she feels this would be a great help for depression and PTSD, as having a hand in building your own home is such an empowering feeling, and comes with such a sense of pride. Being an artist, Cat believes the best part of natural building, is you never stop learning and creating!
Executive Director, Mentor
NaturalBuildingOrg is a registered 501(C)(3) NonProfit Organization. We are a natural path to healing.
We offer a number of programs focusing primarily on our youth and our veterans.
Cob for Vets
Cob for Vets is one of many Non-Profit programs offered by NaturalBuildingOrg. This program is structured for our Veterans, either active duty, retired, or PTSD/Disabled.
The first stage - Providing a hands on education on how to build your own mortgage free home, utilizing natural materials on your own property. This is offered to our Veterans at little or no cost, depending on their level of disability rating.
Veterans experience many benefits from their time spent here, including;
Team building skills
Sense of Community
Increased Self worth/empowerment
Relief from depression and PTSD
Sense of renewed pride
The second stage - All Veterans that have attended a 10 day or longer workshop are automatically enrolled in our Lifetime of Learning. This offers a support system here at Cob Hill Natural Building School.
The third stage - Assistance in finding donated materials and volunteers to assist with your build.
Youth Program - Mud Daubers
Let’s get hands on as we learn!
Mixing clay soil, sand, water and straw makes cob. This cob can be used to make outdoor structures, but we need to protect it. We will learn the importance of a good “hat” to provide this protection. The art of making structures with cob is fun, it allows you to get creative, work on team building skills and forget about your worries! WARNING: You will get dirty….
We will work on small projects at Cob Hill with cob, like garden walls and small buildings. Who knows, you might create your own get-away in your backyard once you’ve experienced the fun of cobbing and involve other family members!
We will have classes in sculpting, plastering, wood-working, cooking, healthy eating, gardening, permaculture and yoga.
There will be community projects where we will work with the local community on projects in surrounding areas of Hughes Springs, Daingerfield and Avinger. There is no end to the possibilities! We are open to your suggestions too.
Mud Daubers will have a monthly event at Cob Hill. Classes will be taught by Cat, Yogita and guest teachers.