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Vernacular building - environmentally sound, small scale

Natural clay sculpture

Duration: 1 day

Price: £95

Book with: Sarah Partridge
at Orchard Barn

Orchard Barn
Bildeston Road
Ringshall, Stowmarket
IP14 2LY

Course Start Dates

Saturday 2nd May 2020

About the Course

Lower your carbon footprint by learning traditional methods of converting earth into cob, daub or clay lump. Make your own earth sculpture to take home. Find out how to use coppice woodland materials in construction. Try your hand at using a shave horse and draw knife.

This experience day shows you how our ancestors built with their local landscape in low-tech and sustainable ways. Building is fun and easy. Think small and local. Involve your friends and family. Celebrate a special event or birthday by having fun in our rural 17th century barn and traditional orchard.

This one day course is led by centre manager/pioneer Sarah Partridge. She has a lifetime of experience of self sufficiency and natural building, and will show you where to dig your own clay, harvest your own wattle, how to boil water using sticks and a storm kettle, and aspects of self reliance learnt from setting up an off-grid centre using locally sourced materials and traditional techniques.

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What's included in the price?

Hot water for teas, biscuits, use of tools and natural materials such as clay and wattle to take home.

Review this course

  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Events & groups
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Stag and hen dos
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends
  • Wheelchair friendly

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