Come and learn natural building methods – and help us build our Common House
In partnership with Bridport Cohousing and Common Practice, the School of Natural Building (SnAB) is offering training courses as part of this community build using low-carbon natural construction methods with locally sourced and reclaimed materials.
Straw Bale Construction: Mon 25th – Fri 29th September (£200, waiting list only)
Learn the art of straw bale building. Includes how to cut and lay locally grown straw bales; structural pinning using locally grown hazel; compressing bales to be load bearing.
Natural Build Fest: Saturday 30th September & Sunday 1st October
Mini festival exploring local and natural building techniques.
30th September: A creative workshop that will sculpturally explore applications of timber, straw and clay.
1st October: A panel discussion on natural materials, affordable construction and community housing.
Spaces still available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lime Plastering: Mon 16th – Fri 20th October: (£200, waiting list only)
Learn how to work with lime plaster – a traditional technique for exterior surface finishes that is natural, water-proof and breathable. Includes applying key coat, body coat, and finish coat; the lime cycle and working with lime; use of tools.
Clay Rendering: Dates TBC (£200, register interest only)
Learn how to apply locally sourced and processed clay as an interior render that is breathable, low carbon and has high fire protection. Includes applying key coat, body coat and finish coat; use of tools.
Everything else that you need to know
- All courses and events are happening on site at Hazelmead.
- Tea and coffee will be available, but you will need to organise your own lunches. In the evenings, we’ll be getting together for vegetarian meals as a group or in individual homes (small donation).
- Safety (steel toe-capped) boots must be worn on all SNaB courses. You will also need to do an online Health and Safety induction before attending. Please bring a utility knife if you have one, and any other PPE you may want to wear – gloves (building or gardening are fine), mask (it can get fairly dusty during a straw bale build).