CPD Vernacular Building Course - with Earth and Trees at Orchard Barn




Our ancestors knew a thing or two about building with materials from their local landscape. Could we learn skills from the past that will help us create buildings with a low carbon footprint and that are generally lighter on the environment?

At Orchard Barn we think so. If you would like to learn these skills too, this is the course for you to book. Furthermore, money raised by running this course will help fund the super-efficient wood masonry stove we've constructed using earth blocks and a technique that dates back several centuries.

Date: Friday 30th October 2020

Number of places: 6

Course Fee: 95 before 23rd October and 110 after that date (if places available)

Timing: 10.00-4.00

CPD certificate available

Course Fee

Venue: Orchard Barn, Far Ringshall, IP14 2LY

Led by: Centre Manager Sarah Partridge

Find out how we use traditional (natural) building materials from the local landscape

Learn traditional methods of converting subsoil into building materials

Find out about using woodland materials in construction and the use of hand tools

Itinerary for the day

10.00-10.10 Intro to our 'Off-Grid' site over a cuppa

10.15-11.00 Guided Tour of restoration/natural build community project. Trees to timber - understanding traditional timber frames. Where do materials come from?

11.00-12.45 Woodland Craft - make a timber framing peg using a shave horse and greenwood tools

12.45-1.30 Lunch includes how to boil water using sticks

1.30-2.00 A look at Earth in our building

2.00-3.30 Making and using clay lump or daub

3.30-4.00 Designing your own project - Questions and Answers

This course has been organised in response to the urgent need for practical, human scale action that you can take which helps reduce our impact on this planet.








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  Learn how to build with local trees at Orchard Barn

Use of Ash, Elm and Hazel in the construction of the Tiny House (mobile home/office)


Learn how to build with earth and trees at Orchard Barn

Filling inbetween the timber frame with wattle


Clay render applied to wattle and daub

Wattle covered with daub, then homemade clay render