Clayfest 2017, 12-17th June, Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, UK
EBUKI have just announced this years’ Clayfest and conference. This year to be held in Lincoln, home of the ‘mud and stud’ building technique.
Workshops at Clayfest
The workshops cover a broad range of topics taught by the experts in their fields, topics including:
- Light-Earth Construction; Clay and Natural Fibre Composites
- Earth, earth-lime and hot mixed lime mortars
- The Steppe Oven: Food Without Wood
- Earth and Fibre: Experiments with Forms and Finishes
- Mud and Stud
- Cob Workshop, Basics to Mobius Strip
- Earth Plasters, Decoration, Colour and Textures..
Earth Building UK & Ireland Conference 2017
Conference this year continues with the theme of Clayfest, building bridges. How do we respect tradition, learn from tradition, teach tradition, adapt tradition to bring a new generation of builders, designers, developers and clients to a better understanding and respect for materials which have almost perfect credentials in the circular economy, cradle to cradle materials which can be used and re-used almost indefinitely. Earth as a material has powerful properties and yet what people too often think of are it’s weaknesses. Other building materials also have weaknesses but have been more successful in projecting their strengths, what can we learn from this and how do we project that knowledge and understanding? Hearing from speakers working in and out of the earth building world we will plot a course to better understanding, better networks, building bridges to better building.
It’s sure to be a great week, hopefully I’ll see you there!
Click here for full details on workshops, tutors and the conference
A couple of shots from our clay plaster workshop at EBUKI’s ‘clayfest’ event.
Great to meet so many fantastic people, it really was an honour.
Agrarian Earth: Earth Building’s relationship with land, tenure and society
Date: 22nd July 2016
Location: Burgh-By-Sands Village Hall
Ticket Price: £125 (Professional), £100 (Standard), £75 (Low wage / Student / unemployed)
Parking: At Village hall / Village green / Pub
I will be teaching clay plastering along with Rebecca Reid.
Focussing on how you can go from site soil, to on the wall! How to test the soil in your garden, then how to amend it to be the perfect plaster mix. Plus lots of plastering tips.
Other fantastic workshops include – rammed earth, turf walling, cay dabbin (cob) and historic repair. So why not make a week of it and come to more than one course?
The final day is the annual Earth Building UK & Ireland conference with lots of interesting speakers lined up.
Full details here: http://www.ebuk.uk.com/clayfest-2016/
Community Rebuilds is a fantastic organisation operating in Utah and Colorado.
They replace dilapidated housing with super efficient straw bale homes, and use the build as a free training tool.
I built two houses with community rebuilds as an intern and as an apprentice/instructor. It truly shaped my future… and I had a lot of fun!
There are still spaces available for the upcoming builds, so if you think spending 4 months building a house for a low income family, in the most stunning scenery, with the most incredible people, sounds like fun… go here: http://www.communityrebuilds.org/internshipprograms.html
All next week I shall be at the Chelsea flower show with the green wood guild. We will be demonstrating timber framing, spoon carving, bowl carving, garden bench making and all the delightful training offered by the green wood guild.
Do pop down and say hello if you visit the show.
The SBUK will be electing it’s first board members on May 18th 2016.
If you think you have something to bring to this new association, please RSVP to Strawbalebuildinguk@gmail.com
Just finished another fantastic Ecobuild. I was there with Straw Works talking about straw bale building and giving demonstrations. It was a wonderful experience talking to so many people, some who knew nothing about straw and some that were as enthusiastic as me!
The whole team in the natural building area was a massive highlight. Inspired people, doing great things.
See you next year!