Building With Straw Bales 2 Day Course April 26th – 28th


Accommodation and all meals are included.

This action-packed weekend course is run by Dorset straw bales builder Phil Christopher, of Huff and Puff Construction.

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Phil believes passionately in bringing all the wonderful benefits of straw bales building to a wider audience, and in addition to his work for Huff and Puff, he is on the board of Straw bales Building UK (SBUK), promoting straw bales building and best practice in the UK.

Your weekend starts with an introductory session on the Friday evening, followed by two days of both theory and hands-on building of a load-bearing straw bale room.

Previous building experience is not required!  On this course you will gain enough knowledge and confidence to start your own project.

The course fee includes your accommodation and all meals at the wonderful Monkton Wyld Court. So you can immerse yourself in the course and in the process get to know everyone and ask all the questions you want, perhaps over a drink in the evenings at the on site pub, all followed by a good night’s sleep!

Course details: Friday evening: Arrive for dinner at 6pm 7pm – A presentation about straw bales building in the UK, covering history, types of construction and its many benefits, including answering your questions.

Saturday and Sunday: A combination of theory and practice, building a load-bearing straw bales room. We’ll cover the following: – Planning your build – Planning and Building Control – Foundation types –

Carpentry and sourcing timber – Selecting and preparing bales – Building bale walls – Framing doors and windows –

Fitting top beams – Compressing the straw – Roof options – Wall finishes All interspersed with lovely meals, tea, cake and biscuits.

Finish on Sunday will be at 5pm latest.

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Or and, or call Phil on 07770 565656 with any questions. Cost: £250