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Hello :) My name is Matthew Lloyd. I have been working as a graphic designer for over 20 years, and building cob ovens is a personal passion that has become a new business.
I became interested in living sustainably when I visited the Eden Project in its opening year. It inspired me. I was lifted. A beautiful vision realised in such a beautiful manner, knee-deep in ideas.

I wanted to create my own Eden, at my home. It took some years of thinking, dreaming, planning, researching, but eventually I was on a mission to design and build my very own straw bale studio from which to work. On the way I explored many building methods - including cob. In order to learn more about cob I found myself at a cob oven workshop.

What a wonderful thing a cob oven is! I was hooked. After building one at home, I was part of a project to build an outdoor classroom at my children's Primary School. They had to have an oven! After a successful funding application we had a full week of cob oven building. It was bliss. The project won a National PTA Award for 'Changing the life of a School'. Incredible.

FCOCobitterleyoven04Ever since I have wanted to replicate this experience - share it with other schools - share the love of cob ovens and show how they have the potential to inform, educate and entertain children as part of their outdoor learning experience.

So The Fabulous Cob Oven Company was created. I have now worked with schools in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Wales, London and Brighton, and run workshops at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, client's homes, and Community Gardens. I have taken a trip to France on an exchange project to learn more, looked at wood-fired ovens in Spain, made connections around the globe with fellow cob oven fans and yes, I did eventually build my straw bale studio!

IMG1467Here it is (image right). I have given talks and workshops on straw bale construction. It's an amazing system - I followed the simple recipe designed by Barbara Jones of Amazonails for a load bearing structure. It far surpassed my expectations, and I want to do it again, and make it my home.

I still work as a graphic designer as well as cobovenman, and when I'm doing neither of those things I like to cycle, take photographs and spend time with my two children.

In time I see FCOCo growing gently and I want to be working with others, developing products, running workshops and catering for small events. Most of all I want to share my love of wood-fired cooking and cob oven building. It's good for your soul :)



Call Matthew Lloyd on 07974 955196
or email : cobovenman@me.com to get started.

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This is the website for Matthew Lloyd trading as The Fabulous Cob Oven Company.
Established in 2011, based in Leintwardine, north Herefordshire. All material on this website is ©Matthew Lloyd t/as FCOCo.

FCOCo is an award-winning member of the Shropshire Hills Sustainable Business Scheme, plus these organisations

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"{the course} exceeded my expectations.
We met some fascinating people and Matthew was
so full of practical information and enthusiasm.
Best day out this year. We now know building
our own oven is a real possibility."


one day workshops
"The original and best oven workshop"
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Location: Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Start: 09.30am, finish approx 5.00pm
Limited to eight places per workshop to ensure the best experience.
One day cob oven workshop that includes lighting, using and caring for your oven.
We start the day by lighting our existing oven so we can then bake our wood-fired lunch, then go on to build an oven throughout the day, covering materials, techniques and processes.
£75 inc. vat, including lunch & course notes.
HERE to book, or email or call:
Call Matthew Lloyd on 07974 955196
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