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Two Ithacans will be featured on the show “MudMen” which premieres on January 19 at 10 PM EST on the DIY network.  Matteo Lundgren and Carolyn “Peaches” Lyon are local natural builders, whose videos promoting the positive attributes of building with mud were discovered last year on YouTube by a television production company.

They were offered an opportunity to host the MudMen show, and to simultaneously participate in the construction of a one of a kind cabin, off the grid in Washington state.

The cottage they constructed for “MudMen” was designed by renowned natural builder and eclectic architect, SunRay Kelley. Matteo, Peaches and SunRay, plus a small group of others, all came together to build this faery-tale-esque cottage, not too far from something you might see in a Harry Potter movie, signature of SunRays building style.

They harvested, milled and otherwise prepared nearly all of the materials that were used, right from the property where the building resides.  The egg shaped home is constructed using thinly-milled bent cedar boards, covered in cob, and topped off with a carousel-shape-inspired living roof.

Cob, a natural building technique which is a mixture of clay, sand and straw, is a passion of Matteo and Peaches’.  They teach workshops, and offer their services regionally, under the name Cob Therapy.

“Clay is curative. Introducing clay into a living space is an excellent choice for the stability and longevity of a structure, and it also nourishes psychological well-being,” Matteo states when asked to explain the roots of the company’s name.  You can contact them directly through their website,

Watch this pilot episode which follows the project’s seven-week building  process, beginning to end.  With that much action honed down to a 60 minute show, it’s sure to be exciting for the viewer!

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.