About the Course
Practical straw bale building course in the South West.
A two-day course of theory and building work learning the basic techniques of practical building with straw bales. During the two days the following topics will be covered and put into practice constructing a demonstation building dedicated to training:
- History of bale building
- Advantages and disadvantages of straw bales as a building material
- Local authority Planning and Building Control implications
- Environmental impact
- Current straw bale building practice and recent innovations
- Planning your project
- Finishing options
There are a maximum of 12 places on the course with DCRS director and tutor Rob Buckley. Rob has been building sustainable new builds and renovating older properties for 25 years with his building companies BBI and DCRS Construction Ltd and pioneered straw bale building techniques over the past 10 years
As this is a small class, any particular aspect of building with straw bales or personal projects can be discussed during the course.
Dorset Centre for Rural Skills (DCRS) was established in 2003 as a not-for-profit, training enterprise with the aim of 'keeping rural skills alive'. It achieved the Social Enterprise Mark in 2009 and was one of the first organisations in Dorset to do so.
DCRS has a strong environmental ethos and runs a range of practical craft, building and rural skills courses. To learn new and useful practical skills for life, have a go, or experience a fun day out exploring the real working world of rural craftsmen - book a course with us. All our tutors are professionals working within their fields winning top commissions and accolades and exhibiting at the highest level.
We limit the number of places on all our courses to ensure the best quality learning experience.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Straw Bale Building course price of £225 includes two day quality tuition, free camping and lunches, plus breakfast on the second day. If you prefer, we can provide details of a good local B&B.
Course held in open, so dress for the weather conditions although you are protected from rain and should stay dry!
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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