We've got planning permission to construct a new 'craft room' at Orchard Barn. This will be loosely based on a 19th century cart lodge that was way beyond repair when we started renovating the main barn. We plan to utilise human energy and traditional skills in the construction because we want to show what is possible when people choose to work together, and because it keeps the cost down. We've been given the trees for the craft room, run a couple of courses and made a start with the new building. We've also started making the clay lump blocks. Now all we need is the money to be able to pay the traditional craftsperson to come and teach our local volunteers the skills so we can get on and complete the round-wood timber frame. We also have to pay for Building Regs. We anticipate over 30 volunteers will learn new skills during the build and many thousands of people will benefit from the new craft room. With YOUR support we'll achieve our goal:)
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Imagine an explosion of low tech structures being made by local people from local/natural materials. By donating to this project you will enable people to learn and work collectively, and the confidence and friendships that go with that experience, also the know-how and detail to start their own community project. The construction of a new craft room is a great idea because it will provide us with additional space in which to teach traditional skills. Building it with local materials in a vernacular style gives us the opportunity to re-enact the historic process and give participants skills in low-tech building. The project reinforces our community objective and gives us a shared focus to work on. The new building will be a unique example of what can be achieved when local people choose to work together using hand tools and a traditional approach. SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION - natural and traditional and beautiful to boot!!
Steps to get it done:
To THANK-YOU for your donations...... For £20 we'll put your name on one of the roundwood Elm rafters in the roof (visible underneath) For £50 we'll put a name of your choice on a wooden wizard house to adorn your garden For £75 we'll give you a day course in how to make your own wizard house (greenwood working skills) For £100 we'll give you a day on a timber frame course learning how to work with green oak Since starting OBee Community Interest Company we have worked with over 1600 people in the restoration of our 17th century timber frame barn. During this time we have developed project management skills and successfully completed projects such as the hand-cut roof with over 20,000 oak roof tiles, the wheelchair friendly boardwalk to our compost toilet, tool shed, reception area. A new craft room will increase our capacity to work with the local community in all things green and sustainable. YOUR donation is greatly appreciated. THANK-YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT:)
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Thanks to your generous pledges we are able to progress the craft room. We have now booked our traditional carpentry teacher to deliver Round Wood Timber Framing training starting on Monday 26th September. We'll be needing some heavy mallets, so last Thursday Nigel taught Orchard Barn Volunteers how to make mallets from Elm off-cuts. Here is Lee using a traditional hand operated auger to drill a hole for her mallet's handle!
Four days to go! I'm trusting we'll make it, but it's going to be close. A HUGE thank-you to everyone who has made a pledge. We really want to see this new craft room go ahead. Might you be able to share with friends, family, colleagues? We've added a new reward - for £50 I'll come and give a talk about the project to your group/club/business. Here's a photo of one of our new students enjoying learning greenwood work in our temporary shelter. It was hot that day under the tin roof. Our new craft room will give us so much more useable airy space!
Orchard Barn volunteers were working in the woods yesterday helping to restore the ancient coppice rotation. Graham the woodsman needed help to refill the charcoal kiln during which time we sourced (that should really read 'SAVED')14 new wizard house templates from becoming charcoal. Here is a short video featuring both the charcoal kiln and the wonky pieces of Hazel - soon to be transformed into Wizard Houses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZnvBcvTi5o