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Building, DIY & Sustainable homes courses

Building and conservation courses across the UK. Workshops and teaching courses lead by experienced builders and building conservation experts. Learn about lime plaster, render, pointing, tile and slate roofing, stone masonry and traditional windows.

£650
Powys - Next course on 13th May 2019
Green Oak Timber Frame building Course with Master craftsman Alan Ritchie and sons. With over 40 years collective experience betwwen them. This course is ideal for self builders, woodworkers, hobbyists and craft skills enthusiasts! The course has been set in our idealic woodland workshop for the last 11 years We will be teaching our specialist marking system essential for green Oak buildings. Scribing and cutting mortice and tenon joints on a full size live build...
£300
Midi-Pyrenees - Next course on 4th May 2019
Learn dry stone walling in South West France with the London School of DSW. One week trip with full board, accommodation and training... plus a swimming pool! Dates from 4th - 11th May 2019. The venue is in a small rural Hamlet near town of Figeac in the Lot Department, Midi Pyrénées. 'Hands-on' daily building, full support, sites cleared and prepared, stone stacked out - and ready to go. Limestone material provided when required, portable...
£95
Ceredigion - Next course on 6th April 2019
Growing some of your own produce is one of the most empowering experiences going. Join us on a beautiful smallholding in the wild, wild West of Wales to learn organic gardening techniques. This day is ideal for beginners as well as experienced gardeners looking to learn how to nurture delicious home grown fruit and vegetables with a greater resilience around our changing climate, with little to no fuss at all. This accessible, hugely informative and...
£75
Lancashire - Next course on 23rd March 2019
Two day dry stone walling course for beginners in Association with Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain This course runs several times a year, usually between March to October. MARCH 23/24th Training Course, Round Hill Farm, Dobcross. MAY 4/5th Training Course, for Tameside MBC at Gorse Hall, Stalybridge. AUGUST 17/18th Training Course, Ridge Farm, Diggle. OCTOBER 5/6th Training Course, Well-i-Hole Farm, Greenfield. Group Bookings Taken ( call for rates) Please ring or email for...
£85
London - Next course on 2nd March 2019
'Hands-on' practical participation in learning about DSW techniques including; Foundations, Cheek Ends, Tie Stones, Jumpers, Fingers, Shims, Through Stones, Lintels and Top Stones. (One over two, two over one !!) These one day workshops are a 'hands on' introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages and abilities aged over 16yrs. You will build a DSW and learn the heritage and craft overview and geological terms of the different material, the engineering...
£65
Bedfordshire - Next course on 9th March 2019
One-day dry stone walling course. A unique opportunity to take part in constructing a 2m high, Permanant Dry Stone Boundary wall, in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside. Probably the tallest DSW structure in the region !! These workshops are a 'hands on' experience to the introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs. You will assess the ground and setting out of building pins, batter frames and lines. You...
£175
Surrey - Next course on 20th April 2019
All courses are taught in the Great British Woodshop as seen on the Discovery Channel TV series by presenter David Free. Number of students: 4 max I'd like to welcome you to our workshop and in this one day introductory course to hand tools and basic DIY you will learn how to use non power tool options to woodworking. I feel some power tools are essential in the home or home workshop, a battery powered...
£30
Surrey - Next course on 15th March 2019
These are simple jobs that with a little skill and confidence you can do yourself. You only need to know some basic rules and know how to check your work so you can safely complete the task. There are so many jobs around the house from fixing electrical equipment, replacing fuses and checking if something is blown. Seeing if there is actually voltage at a socket using a plug in tester. How about adding a...
£650
Powys
Green Oak Timber Frame building Course with Master craftsman Alan Ritchie and sons. With over 40 years collective experience. This course is ideal for self builders, woodworkers, hobbyists and community minded people! The course has been set in our idealic woodland workshop for the last 11 years. The Advanced course is suitable for people who have previously done a Hewnwood timber frame course
£70
West Yorkshire
Beginners’ Dry Stone Walling Course - weekend in the Yorkshire Dales The courses run from approximately 9:00am to 4:00pm over Saturday and Sunday and run throughout the year. Please get in touch for dates. During a training course you will: - Learn the basic principles of dry stone walling - Contribute to the conservation of our valuable local dry stone walls - Enjoy working in the countryside in a structured but informal atmosphere - Be...