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Strawbale Building Course in Devon

Strawbale Building Course in Devon

About the Course

An exciting and hands on course to equip you with the knowledge and experience to build with this ecological and versatile resource.

Straw bale construction has many advantages.
Straw is widely available and a by- product of crop production. It’s affordable and renewable, and carries a far smaller carbon footprint than more commonly used building methods.
Straw bales are incredibly insulating and make exceedingly energy efficient buildings. A straw bale construction will save you money not only in the initial building costs, but year after year with its insulating properties.
Straw is also a beautiful and versatile building material. Allowing for the incorporation of curves and shapes, and deep window recesses.

The courses are held in rural North Devon on the beautiful Ironshirt site, set between Exmoor and Dartmoor in the picturesque Taw valley. Here we have a fully equipped workshop with everything we will need for the course, along with many existing examples of alternative building techniques including straw bales and green roofs.The course is taught by Grant Oatley, an accomplished craftsman with many years experience in alternative building techniques, with assistance from other experienced craftspeople.

There is an option to attend the course for just 1 or 2 days at a reduced cost. The full 3 day course will cover -
*Wall raising, pinning, and roof plates
*Electricity and plumbing
*Windows and doors
*Plastering and rendering using lime ( our lime mortar is slaked and stored on site, and full instruction on this aspect will be given).

Course numbers are limited to 6 participants. We keep numbers small to ensure everyone gets the most they can from the experience.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

We provide all the tools, materials and safety equipment needed for the course, along with tea, coffee, home made cakes and other refreshments included in the course fee. We recommend participants bring old clothes or overalls, and appropriate footwear such as boots or steel toe capped work shoes for preference. Participants may bring a packed lunch, or we can provide a freshly prepared, home cooked vegetarian lunch for an additional charge for all or any of the course days, bookable in advance. We are unable to offer accomodation on site at present, but can recommend various local accommodation options.


Grant Oatley at Ironshirt
Horsefield, Butlers Farm
EX37 9NT
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