Introduction to Natural Building – Flooring carpentry

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Course Description

This year Hillcroft College is partnering with The School of Natural Building to construct a small (but perfectly formed) straw bale building which can ultimately be used as an intimate space for small meetings, one to one counselling, etc., or simply as a place to sit and relax in the unique ambience of natural materials. During the course of eight 3-day weekends we will cover most aspects of straw bale building using the same techniques we use to build full size houses. It will be challenging. It will be empowering. It will be FUN! SNaB is dedicated to teaching all kinds of people, including those with no previous building experience, so this course is perfect for DIY beginners. No need to attend every module. Some subjects may overlap with others depending on progress. There will be a certain amount of 'working at height' from safe scaffolding towers, but no compulsion to do anything you are not comfortable with.

This is week two of an eight week series. We will begin with looking at the drawings to understand what we will be building and why. We will be measuring, cutting (using hand saws and the electric mitre saw) and fitting the floor joists (using hammers and nails and structural glue). We will be insulating the floor cavity and then cutting the floor itself with a powered circular saw and an electric jigsaw. We will then glue and nail the floor down and, time permitting, start preparations for the next stage: making hazel stubs to impale the straw bales on. This will involve using a hand axe and a Stanley knife.

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


Course runs from 5 May 2017 to 7 May 2017



Entry Requirements

No formal requirements just an interest in learning new skills

Method of Assessment

Individual Learning plans


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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