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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.

£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...
£185
Somerset - Next course on 6th April 2019
This course is designed for those with a practical interest in medieval art and stone carving and will suit both compete beginners and those with some stone carving experience. The course will take place in Nick's timber frame studio in the village of Drayton on the Somerset Levels. The development and evolution of foliage through the Anglo Saxon, Romanesque and Early English periods will be explained and discussed. The first day will be spent learning...
£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...
£65
Bedfordshire - Next course on 13th April 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...
£85
London - Next course on 6th April 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...
£30
Surrey - Next course on 4th April 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...
£125
Surrey - Next course on 26th March 2019
This course is aimed at the home owner who would like to build their home maintenance, repair and home renovating skills. During this one day course you will learn the following: Course content: - How to drill into plasterboard, wood, concrete, glass and brick - Replacing a door (hanging the door, replacing hinges, installing door hardware-handle & lock) - Repairing plasterboard (cracks, small and large holes) - Blocking up a doorway or opening up a...
£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...
£95
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...
£450
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...