Last month I got an e-mail from the Bruce's:
Recently we had a big storm on the Island March 11-12th 2012 with wind speeds up to 150 kms an hour. On the morning of the 12th around 8.50 am a 185 foot Douglas Fir weighing about 4 tons fell onto our Cob House. It completely destroyed the upper level. The Lower level was virtually untouched — only a few minor cracks.
Our Tree Feller was amazed, saying if it was a conventional built house, it would have been totally destroyed by the tree.
Cob houses are strong!
We are planning reconstruction in the late Spring…
-Ray and Suzie Bruce"