Natural and traditional building, greenwood and rural skills courses





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hurdle making course

shave horse course

natural building

restoration skills

greenwood bench

wattle and daub

carved bowls

auger

shave horse course

carved spoons

timber framing

shingle roof

shave horse

building with earth
 

Orchard Barn Courses Calender for 2019


5 March - Restorative Fruit Tree Pruning

Learn how with Anna Baldwin

Course duration - 11am-3pm

Course fee - FREE - funded by Orchards East/HLF

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15-16 March - Hurdle Making

Develop your skills in riving (controlled splitting), hewing (shaping with an axe), shaving (with a draw knife) and greenwood joinery to make a small Suffolk gate hurdle (to take home). Led by Master Bodger Will Wall.

Course duration - 2 days

Full course fee - £220 Early Bird fee £190 (+ £15-35 materials)

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4-6 April - Shave Horse

Make your own unique shave horse to take home. Led by Master Bodger Will Wall. 

Course duration - 3 days

Full course fee - £294 Early Bird fee £255 (+ £15-40 materials )

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23 April - Introduction to Timber Framing

The basics of timber frames spelt out. Terms, traditional techniques/tools AND locally sourced timber.  with traditional carpenter Rick Lewis

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £110 Early Bird fee £95

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25 April - Earth and Tree Natural Building Experience

Learn where to source building materials for free from the local landscape and how to convert them using traditional techniques and human energy. Led by Orchard Barn Centre Manager Sarah Partridge

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £101 Early Bird fee £87

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27 April - Green Woodwork for Gardeners

The range of possible products you might make includes seed and plant labels, trellises, plant supports, garden trugs and seed-trays, but the real take-home from this course will be the skills and techniques of green wood making. Led by Will Wall

Course duration - 1 day

Full course Fee - £110 Early Bird fee £95

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29 April - 1 May Timber Frame Restoration Skills

Discover why old buildings get damp and how to remedy it. Learn how to us lime. Understand traditional timber frames and how to repair. Conservation experts Mike McConnell, Rory Sumerling and Rick Lewis lead the way.

Course duration - 3 days

Full course fee - £330 Early Bird fee £285

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2-4 May - Taking Timber Framing Further

Work alongside William Clement-Smith to progress your timber framing skills on a live restoration project.

Course duration - 3 days

Full course fee - £330 Early Bird fee £285

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3-4 May - Greenwood Bench 

Learn how to make your own live-edge greenwood bench with master bodger Will Wall

Course duration - 2 days

Full course fee - £220 Early Bird fee £190

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7 May Wattle and Daub

Learn traditional constuction skills using earth, coppiced sticks and Elm bast. Course taught by Sarah Partridge of Orchard Barn

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £110 Early Bird fee £95

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8 May -  Make your own Compost

Find out how to convert garden waste into rich plant food with Master Composter Sean McLoughlin

Course duration - 2-4pm

Course cost - FREE - donations towards running costs of Orchard Barn welcome

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25 May - Green Woodwork: the solution to the Plastic Problem

On this course you will learn how to make simple, domestic objects out of green wood which can replace the plastic in your life. This might be a plate, carved bowl, chopping board, spatula or tapas dish. Led by Will Wall

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £95 Early Bird fee £85

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30 May - Earth and Tree Natural Building Experience

Learn where to source building materials for free from the local landscape and how to convert them using traditional techniques and human energy. Led by Orchard Barn Centre Manager Sarah Partridge

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £101 Early Bird fee £87

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26 June An Introduction to using Lime

Learn traditional construction skills from Lime expert Rory Sumerling.

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £110 Early Bird fee £95

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27-29 June - Shave Horse

Make your own shave horse with Master Bodger Will Wall. 

Course duration - 3 days

Full course fee - £294 Early Bird fee £255 (+ £15-40 for materials)

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28 June An Introduction to Timber Frame Repairs

Learn how to assess old timbers and undertake simple repairs. Course taught by Rick Lewis from Traditional Oak Carpentry

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £110 Early Bird fee £95

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29 June - Earth and Tree Natural Building Experience

Learn where to source building materials for free from the local landscape and how to convert them using traditional techniques and human energy. Led by Orchard Barn Centre Manager Sarah Partridge

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £101 Early Bird fee £87

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20 July - Spoon Carving

Learn how to carve your own spoons with Will Wall

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £95 Early Bird fee £85

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26 July - Building with Earth and Trees

Learn where to source building materials for free from the local landscape and how to convert them using traditional techniques and human energy. Led by Orchard Barn Centre Manager Sarah Partridge

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £101 Early Bird fee £87

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30 July - Introduction to Timber Framing

The basics of timber frames spelt out. Terms, traditional techniques/tools AND locally sourced timber learn with traditional carpenter Rick Lewis

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £110 Early Bird fee £95

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3 August - Wooden Roof Tiles - Shingles

Learn how to convert logs into shingles using a traditional woodland tools - cleaving with a froe, siding up with a side axe and final dressing using a draw knife. Course led by Sarah Partridge

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £110 Early Bird fee £95

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9-10 August - Greenwood Bench 

Learn how to make your own live-edge greenwood bench with master bodger Will Wall

Course duration - 2 days

Full course fee - £220 Early Bird fee £190

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12 August - Traditional Carpentry

Make a brace and ledge door using hand tools and Suffolk grown oak planks milled in 2015..... workshop led by TBC
Course duration - 1 day

Course cost - £TBC


13 August - Wattle and Daub

Learn traditional constuction skills using earth, coppiced sticks and Elm bast. Course taught by Sarah Partridge of Orchard Barn

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £110 Early Bird fee £95

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5 September - Earth and Tree Natural Building Experience

Learn where to source building materials for free from the local landscape and how to convert them using traditional techniques and human energy. Led by Orchard Barn Centre Manager Sarah Partridge

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - £101 Early Bird fee £87

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