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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.

£95
Ceredigion - Next course on 17th August 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...
£100
Cumbria - Next course on 3rd July 2019
For availability on this course please see our website above, thank you. Over this busy one day course (originally a two day affair) you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden. Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance...
£650
Powys - Next course on 24th June 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...
£15
London
The Maker Station is a coworking, hot benching, hot desking studio space for makers, creatives and artisans. We offer an affordable, shared space for independent, artistically minded people to collaborate, create and be inspired. Our aim is to bring together upholsterers, dressmakers, quilters, knitters, jewellery makers, sewers, soft furnishers, and everyone in between, and let them loose in our creative community hub. In addition to hiring workbenches, we provide space for classes, demos, exhibitions and...
£19.95
Hertfordshire
Come and try out lots of products and watch demos from - Fusion Mineral Paint Craig & Rose Artisan Paints Nicky Cash of Done Up North The House of Upcycling A great opportunity to see what the fuss is about with all the new paint products - Rust, Copper Patina, Acrylic pours etc Watch Nicky Cash of Done up North and get an insight on her trade secrets. Listen to Chris Billingshurst of The House...
£20
Surrey - Next course on 27th July 2019
Make a lovely floral waterfal arrangement in a tea cup and saucer that will make a nice decor piece in your home or can be given as a gift to someone you love. It can also be used as a wedding decoration. We will also make couple of other home decor projects using the Sizzix die cutting machine and fabrics/felts. This workshop is suitable for all abilities and is also teen friendly.
£25
Surrey
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...
£25
Surrey
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...
£25
Surrey
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...
£30
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, to seeing if there is actually voltage at a socket using a plug in tester. How about adding...

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