Restoration Skills at Orchard Barn


This course will teach you how to use natural, traditional building materials, and where you can source raw materials (some of them for FREE). We can teach you how to repair your vintage wattle and daub panels, timber frame, clay lump or lime render. Our Restoration Skills course can also help you identify why your old house is damp and how to remedy it.

  • Learn about authentic building materials from the local landscape
  • Save money by digging your own daub, coppicing hazel for wattles, learning how to make clay lump blocks
  • Discovery where to source, and how to use green oak for timber framing/repairs
  • Understand why old buildings need to breathe
  • Learn about the lime cycle and how to use lime
  • Undertake sympathetic repairs
  • Avoid costly mistakes and preserve the value of your traditional building
  • Make informed choices when discussing repair schedule

Dates: Mon 30th April - Fri 4th May 2018

Timing: 9.30am-4.00pm

Venue: Orchard Barn, Ringshall, Suffolk, UK, IP14 2LY

Suitable for: Professionals (Architects, Surveyors, Conservation Officers), Natural or Self-builders, Home-owners - learn how work on your own home, or instruct your builder more confidently about repairs and restoration compatable with the age of your house!

Teachers: Mike McConnell, Rory Sumerling, Rick Lewis, Sarah Partridge

Course Fee

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