Environmentally sound, heritage building skills - the theory and the practice of building with Suffolk earth and trees! Hands-on courses held at Orchard Barn



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The practical component of courses contribute towards the reinstatement of our 1580 timber frame Long House. Get hands-on with history!

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Taking timber framing further at Orchard Barn

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Repairing an oak timber

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cleaving using a froe
 

2024 course programme


Wooden Roof Tiles - Shingles (IHBC CPD)

Learn how to convert coppice logs into shingles using a traditional woodland tools - cleaving with a froe, siding up with a side axe and final dressing using a draw knife. Both practical and theory. Course led by Sarah Partridge, Centre Manager of Orchard Barn

Course duration - 1 day

Date: TBC

Timing: 9.30-4.00

Full course fee - 150 (held until 1st Jan 24)

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An Introduction to using Hot Lime (IHBC CPD)

Learn how to work safely with this traditional building material. Led by Adrian Winter, supported by the Orchard Barn Team

Date: Monday 29th April

Timing: 9.30-4.00

Full course fee - 150 (price held until 1st Jan 24)

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Taking Timber Framing Further (IHBC CPD)

Work alongside William Clement-Smith to progress your timber framing skills on a live timber framing project.

Course duration - 3 days

Date: Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th July

Timing: 9.30-4.00

Full course fee - 450 (price held until 1st Jan 24)

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An Introduction to Timber Framing (IHBC CPD)

The basics of timber framing spelt out. Terms, traditional techniques using HAND TOOLS and locally sourced green oak. With William Clement-Smith (Timber Framer) and Sarah Partridge (Centre Manager of Orchard Barn).

Course duration - 1 day

Date: Monday 20th May

Timing: 9.30-4.00

Full course fee: 150 (price held until 1st Jan 24)

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Timber Frame Restoration Skills (IHBC CPD)

Discover why old buildings get damp and how to remedy it. Learn about the use of earth as a building materials. Get hands on with Wattle and Daub and Clay Render. Find out about the Lime Cycle and how to use Hot Lime  to lay bricks, repoint brickwork and in a render. Get to grips with the basics of a traditional timber frame. Gain skills in the assessment of old timbers and know how to repair them.

Course duration - 4 days

Dates: Tuesday 16th - Friday 19th July

Timing: 9.30-4.00

Full course fee: (inc IHBC CPD certificate) 600 (price held until 1st Jan 24)

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An Introduction to Timber Frame Repairs (IHBC CPD)

Learn how to assess old timbers and undertake simple repairs.

Course duration - 1 day

Date: Monday 10th June

Timing: 9.30-4.00

Full course fee: (inc IHBC CPD certificate) 150 (price held until 1st Jan 24)

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3 day Hot Lime (IHBC CPD) 

Course duration - 3 days

Date:  Tuesday 28th - Thursday 30th May

Timing: 9.30-4.00

Full course fee - 450 (price held until 1st Jan 24)

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Wattle and Daub (IHBC CPD)

Learn traditional construction skills using home dug earth, freshly coppiced Hazel, and Elm bast. Course taught by Sarah Partridge Centre Manager of Orchard Barn. Find out about the environmental benefits of this historically sound practice of locking carbon into buildings, and have fun getting muddy during the practical sessions!

Course duration - 1 day

Date: Friday 12th July

Timing: 9.30-4.00

Full course fee - 150 (price held until 1st Jan 24)

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