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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.

Ceredigion - Next course on 11th May 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...
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 between them. This course is ideal for self builders, woodworkers, hobbyists and craft skills enthusiasts! The course has been set in our idyllic woodland workshop for the last 12 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...
Herefordshire - Next course on 1st July 2019
This course along with the NVQ L3 assessment can be accessed for reduced cost for CITB registered companies and their employees. We also welcome non CITB registered learners - please contact us for prices. The course is split into 2 x 10 day blocks and will be both theory and practical sessions on local live builds. Participants will be taught by John Munro and Alan Creasey who have extensive knowledge in the heritage industry. Subject...
Join a friendly group of mosaic makers, making mosaics, sharing, support and ideas you want to make. Create a personalised mosaic artwork or contribute to an organicARTS mosaic in the community garden. This is a very relaxed, laid back and friendly workshop, however we do offer support to help you create your vision. We have lovely natural surroundings here on the farm so you wont be short of inspiration.
Surrey - Next course on 24th April 2019
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 April 2019
If you are about to do some renovations or just want to add to your skill set join David for a skills class and learn the techniques and tools of plasterboard construction. Becoming a good plasterer requires a lot of skill and many months of practice some plasterers would say years. It not just knowing how to put the material on the wall, it's knowing when, how thick, the right mix, how quick and this...
Surrey - Next course on 23rd April 2019
Learn basic skills such as: · Setting out your tiling work · Explaining all the different adhesives used for different surfaces · Demonstrating all the tools required · Cutting tiles · Explaining tiling involving Borders, Diamonds and Patterns · How to cut around windows and reveals · How to cope with tiling difficult areas such as uneven walls · How to tile around sockets and switches · How to tile splash-backs · How to tile...
Surrey - Next course on 22nd June 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...
Surrey - Next course on 22nd June 2019
This course is not designed to get you ready for a career as a professional plumber. This is for homeowners who want to learn the basics so they can repair or fix simple common plumbing problems around the house. With a few basics and a bit of confidence there are many simple jobs like fixing leaking taps or toilets that you can do yourself, so why pay a professional plumber £70 for something you can...
Our Drum Lampshade Making workshop is not only great fun, but something you can do as an absolute beginner or if your adverse to sewing, as there is not a needle in sight! On this 1.5 hr workshop you will learn to make a professional looking 30cm diameter drum lampshade, which can either hang from the ceiling or rest on a lamp-stand. WARNING: this is highly addictive and could result in you re-shading your entire...