Natural and traditional building, greenwood and rural skills courses at Orchard Barn





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hurdle making course

shave horse course

natural building

wattle and daub

carved bowls

Crafty caterpillar made from daub


auger

shingle roof




 

The slow re-opening has begun, please bear with us as we negotiate revised dates

Courses Calender for 2020 - view feedback tree


13-14 March 2020 - 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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3-4 July 2020 - Lime Finishes

For those with the intention of using lime plaster in their own properties, or of working with it professionally. Appropriate for beginners, or those transferring from modern construction industry. Led by Gemma Sayers

Course duration - 2 days

Full course fee - 220 Early Bird fee 190

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21 April - Introduction to Timber Framing new date TBC

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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23-25 April Shave Horse new date TBC

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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29 April - 1 May Timber Frame Restoration Skills new date TBC

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 May Vernacular Building - human scale eco building! new date TBC

Our ancestors built with materials from the local landscape. Learn where to source building materials for free, and how to convert them using low impact and environmentally sound traditional techniques and human energy. Led by Orchard Barn Centre Manager Sarah Partridge

Course duration - 1 day

Full course fee - 110 Early Bird fee 95

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4-6 May Taking Timber Framing Further

Practical course working in small group on reinstatement of 1580 Long House. Led by William Clement-Smith (self-employed Timber Framer with decades of experience).

Suitable for people with some prior experience of timber framing who want to progress their skills

Course duration - 3 days

Full course fee - 330 Early Bird fee 285

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24 July  and 4 September Wattle and Daub (July date now full)

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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Date TBC - An Introduction to Green Woodwork: wooden spoons and bowls - the solution to the Plastic Problem

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

Course duration - 3 day

Full course fee - 285 Early Bird fee 330


School holiday dates TBC - Forest Sessions for Children

Woody, earthy craft activities for your child/ren and you. Have fun in our old orchard.

Session duration - 0-8 years 10am-12 midday 8-12 years 1-3pm

Session fee - Adult and 1 child 8, Adult and 2 children 12, Adult and 3 children 16


24 June An Introduction to using Lime new date TBC

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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23 June An Introduction to Timber Frame Repairs new date TBC

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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5 August - Wooden Roof Tiles - Shingles going ahead

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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