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Vernacular building - environmentally sound, small scale

Natural clay sculpture

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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.

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?

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


Sarah Partridge at Orchard Barn
Orchard Barn
Bildeston Road
Ringshall, Stowmarket
IP14 2LY
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Suitable for

  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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