Building With Straw Bales Course – Shaftesbury, Dorset

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Bittles Brook Farm field shelter
What the building will look like

Course: Building With Straw Bales

Date: Wednesday 16th – Sunday 20th September 2015

Cost: £350.00 (£280 for full time students and unwaged)

Bookings: Please email [email protected] to check availability and book your place
I am delighted to say we will be running a straw bale building course at Bittles Brook Farm, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 9NX.

This small farm is nestled in the rolling Dorset countryside only 2 miles from the historic town of Shaftesbury, famous for its Gold Hill, and surrounded by magnificent views. The mainline railway station at Gillingham is 10 minutes away.

We will be building a load-bearing straw bale building, measuring 7.5m x 5.5.m.

On this course you can learn:

– Straw bale building basics – presentation

– Selecting and preparing bales

– Building bale walls

– Framing doors and windows

– Fitting top beams

– Compressing the straw

The course fees also include:

– Accommodation: Camping in one of the fields on site (toilets and showers available)

– Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

You are also very welcome to camp with your family, whilst you attend the course, so they can head off and explore the surrounding, stunning Dorset countryside and coastline.  (In this case please make sure they have food etc., as we will only be catering for attendees.  Any questions please ask.)

This will hopefully be an excellent course towards the end of a beautiful English summer, so book now to avoid disappointment!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Phil

 

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2 thoughts on “Building With Straw Bales Course – Shaftesbury, Dorset

  1. Attended a course with Barbra and Bee of Amazon Nails, after providing hazel stakes, 12 years ago at westerburt arboretum, fueled my interest in alternative structures, went on to work at the ANcient technology centre building a Viking longhouse, a full sized iron age roundhouse and many smaller ones, Running my own course on roundhouse building this summer. http://conygarcoppice.com/roundhouses-3/

  2. Hi Anthony, Yes I know Barbara and Bee, they are lovely people. Most natural builders are I’ve found. Good luck with your own course! Phil

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