Experience Natural Building with Earth and Trees at Orchard Barn




Dates: 25th April 2019

Course Fee: Early Bird (7 days before date) 87 thereafter 101

Timing: 10.00-4.00

Venue: Orchard Barn, Far Ringshall, IP14 2LY

Led by: Sarah Partridge

For bespoke family/group/party experiences: please email Sarah

Find out about our restoration project using  traditional (natural) building materials from the local landscape

Learn traditional methods of converting subsoil into walls

Find out about using woodland materials in construction

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 - please contact Sarah to discuss dates/themes.


We run one Experience Days a month,(more in the summer) small group sizes enable us to adapt them according to your interests.  Come on your own or make up a party. Children over 12 years welcome.

Course Fee


Itinerary for the day

10.00-10.10 Intro to our 'Off-Grid' site over a cuppa

10.15-11.00 Guided Tour of restoration/natural build community project. Trees to timber - understanding traditional timber frames. Where do materials come from?

11.00-12.45 Woodland Craft - make a timber framing peg using a shave horse and greenwood tools

12.45-1.30 Lunch includes how to boil water using sticks

1.30-2.00 A look at Earth in our building

2.00-3.30 Making and using clay lump or daub

3.30-4.00 Designing your own project - Questions and Answers








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  Understanding a timber frame

sunburst crafted from cob