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Traditional building skills & Conservation 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.

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Suffolk - Next course on 9th April 2019
This Introduction to Traditional Timber Framing course is for complete beginners to traditional carpentry as a method of construction. Whether you are a home-owner who wants to learn how your timber frame is constructed, or you are looking at self-build, or you are a surveyor needing to understand the strength of the frame design, this course will provide you with the basics and more. Your tutor Rick Lewis has over 30 years of timber framing...
Nottinghamshire - Next course on 29th July 2019
This one week architecture summer course for teenagers explores new ways of thinking and advanced technologies that are being used by professional architects today. The course will introduce you to contemporary approaches to design, with ingenious projects that will develop your awareness of how designers are shaping the modern world we live in. During this course you will: - investigate current building projects in the UK and around the world - learn the various stages...
In this course you will learn how to plan out the laying of your floor, working out the total area so you purchase the correct amount of material. Different material thicknesses and the reasons for the choice. Underlay selection and cutting. Cutting the flooring to size and fitting each piece together and trimming the last section on each run. Dealing with the perimeter of the room and the edges of the flooring. Also removing scratches...
Surrey - Next course on 23rd February 2019
Learn basic skills such as: How to cut and fix plaster board to walls and ceilings How to tape standard and internal joints How to cut and fix angle beads around windows and reveals How to cut and fix stop beads How to mix apply PVA adhesive Unibond to existing surfaces How to mix plastering materials How to use trowels and hawks Surface preparation and skimming Polishing and touch ups