(pronounced eh-DOH-bee BAHN-koh)
Adobe is an ageless building material comprised of clay, sand, water and straw, all of which are mixed together and allowed to dry in the sun to form bricks. Modern processes and materials have strengthened it and improved its durability, but the original concept is the same. An adobe banco is a bench or seating surface constructed of that material, regularly built as an extension of a wall. Bancos are often constructed around fireplaces — i.e., where people will gather.