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This course runs from 10am to 4.00pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
In this short course we will be looking at how to source and use locally grown and sawn timber.
Andy has been using locally grown and sawn timber for many decades and would like to introduce you to this way of thinking and working with various species of wood.
We will identify and examine the various techniques used in small-scale timber yards including air and kiln drying timber at home.
Andy hopes to embed the benefits of buying and using locally grown resources, including, carbon footprint reduction, sustainability and the importance of a healthy local circular economy. This course will give you a good overview of the subject, with leads to individual next steps.
We will cover the subjects below with presented material and a group discussion:
- Tree species, wood properties and their uses
- Small-scale mobile sawmills
- Sharp bits and dangerous machinery ( Health and safety)
- Timber measurement and volume
- Defects and how this effects end-use
- How timber dries
- Air-drying techniques
- Kiln drying
- Home made kiln
On the day, Participants will receive a free copy of Timber for Building and links to various online resources that support the learning material.
This course will give you a good overview of the subject, with leads to individual next steps.
This course compliments the Woodland management course on Saturday 17th September.
Who is the course for?
This course is open to anyone aged 16 or over. The course is for anyone interested in carpentry and building either professionally or as a hobbyist/ home DIYer. Beginners are welcome.
Brighton Permaculture Trust aims to meet the needs of participants with physical disabilities and leaning difficulties. If you have any issues which you feel may affect your ability to attend or participate in this course/event, please contact us to discuss them prior to booking.
Andy Reynolds will teach this course, with assistance from Fran Pickering. Andy ran a joinery company for many years using and processing only locally grown timbers. He still works in the forestry industry and is a chain saw assessor. He is the author of Timber for Building, and is a long-term practitioner in “low-impact living” and the associated technologies. He built his own house and planted his own woodlands which he has managed for nearly 40 years.
Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
South East England
Get directions to Stanmer Park.
We will send details of where to meet and what to bring a week or two before the course.
If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.
Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.
Fees include tuition, refreshments and information sheets.
- £260 – Sponsored/organisation rate
- £260 – Individual income more than 25k/yr
- £210 – Individual income 18-25k/yr
- £160 – Individual income less than 18k/yr
- £110- Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)*
* Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then.
We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.
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Booking the Local timber for building course
Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course/event. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.
If you have completed the booking process but you haven’t received a confirmation email from us please contact us to check your booking has gone through.
If you are booking within two weeks of the event, or the event is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay by cheque or BACS. Instead, you will need to pay immediately using a credit/debit card or PayPal.
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