The best way of building a roundhouse is in a group, and the best way to learn how to do it is in a group. I like to take on occasional projects to build roundhouses or round low impact buildings for many uses. This involves recruiting a group of volunteers who pay a fairly low amount, on a sliding scale, to learn how to do it. The client gets planning permission, if necessary, and pays a small fee plus supplying the building materials, which we gather in the main from local natural sources. I need about six months' notice, if you are interested in hosting a course on your land and ending up with a roundhouse.

The course fees are based on the parable of the vineyard - ie you pay the same however many days you attend, and it is: 40% of one week's average income. This allows for you to come whether you have a reasonable income but not much time, or you are rich in time but not money. If you have loads of time and money, you probably need some good physical exercise. If you want to know about courses coming up, let me know. (email).

Here are some pics, hot from the camera, of the May 2005 course:

raising an oak rafter into position on the henge resting on the rafters - pic Robert Steen setting bottles in the cobwood wall

Here are some pictures of the course in 2003:

heart of wood with bottle surround in finished wall of roundhouse shelter

This course involved a group building a cobwood wildlife shelter at Gelli Deg, off Cwm Cych, for the Clynfyw Countryside Centre.

thinking about stone marker points in the slate ring levelling ground and digging post holes laying the herring bone slate wall using double handled saw to cut ash rafters stripping ash rafters drilling hole for steel pin in top of post knocking the first lintel onto its support pins
<IMG src= setting blue bottles around a wood heart in the west cobwood wall a busy scene turfin a mandala in bottles complete, view from N

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