The Natural Building Centre

Y Ganolfan Adeiladu Naturiol.

July and August events – a festival and an exciting new course….

Over a long weekend in July, from 1st – 4th we will be visiting the Ymuno Festival in North Wales for a weekend of music, art and poetry.  We will be taking along our child-sized timber frame building with us, for willing little hands to put together and learn all about traditional buildings.  Tickets and line-up information can be found here –

And we are very excited to announce a new workshop that we are holding on 20th August.  Justine Aldersey-Willimas from The Wild Dyery will be joining us, to teach us how to dye natural fibre cloth using historic dye plants.  We will be producing a spectrum of vibrant, beautiful, natural colours using Madder, Woad and Weld, and learning how to pattern the dyed cloth with an ancient Japanese resist method called Shibori.  Please see the training section of our website for further details.

The 1498 hall house.


We have here at Plas Tirion an even older house than the main Elizabethan hall.  It’s an oak cruck framed hall house dendro dated three years ago by the Discovering Old Welsh Houses group to 1498.  It may have fallen out of residential use when the main house was built, possibly acting as a domestic service building.  It has been adapted and altered over the years, with a cow Byrne and pigsty built alongside it in the C19th, but the main body of the house although now stone clad and truncated still has many early features, including the original oak cruck frame.  A local archaeological group has been excavating the floor and have made some interesting discoveries including a William and Mary coin from 1695 and the remains of an C18th grain drying kiln.  This fits in with a reference in an old letter from the 1920’s which mentions the Old Brewhouse.  The archaeological work has been rained off this winter but we hope to get back out there this month. Plans for the full restoration for the building are being drawn up, and in future it will become accommodation for our courses. When work gets underway later this year, we will be using the building as a training aid for this year’s courses, providing hands on experience of traditional building methods.



September and the last two courses of the year.

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Our Last lime course of the year on the 18th  September is almost fully booked and our last dry stone walling course is happening on the 26th and 27th of this month. An opportunity to learn new skills and carry out your own repairs before winter.

May porcelain class

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Learning the skills of making from clay and creating some lovely work in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere.  We have one more evening left of the course, with next week focusing on decorating and glazing.  We plan to repeat this with another month of evenings later in the year, it’s a small group course for six people, so if you are interested in taking part it would be a good idea to express an interest or reserve a place in advance.









Welcoming the first course of the year

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Enjoying a lunch break during the lime course that we held for Wrexham Local Authority today, run as part of the Cefn Mawr Townscape Heritage Initiative, cakes supplied by our neighbours Tim and Ayla from Ty Hwnt yr Bont.  A group of eleven spent an enjoyable day learning about lime and picking up some practical skills, all ready now to work on their own projects.