Introduction to Natural Building – Baseplate carpentry

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Course Description

This is week one of an eight week series. Starting with a brief overview of what a baseplate is and does, and understanding the construction drawings, we will move swiftly into the process of making the actual baseplate for the micro-building. We will learn how to measure and mark up for cutting, how to correctly use a hand saw, an electric mitre saw and an electric jigsaw, how to wield a hammer properly to nail things together, how to mix and apply structural glue, and much more. Time permitting we will install the 'fixing posts' for the doors and windows.

The course takes place over three full days: Fri 9.30 - 5pm Sat 9-5pm and Sun 9 - 3.15pm


Course runs from 28 Apr 2017 to 30 Apr 2017



Entry Requirements

No formal requirements just an interest in learning new skills

Method of Assessment

Individual Learning plans


Eight practical building weekends run in the summer term


This weekend will be part of the creation of a full sized building built by students with the support of the School of Natural Building.

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