The Natural Building Centre

Y Ganolfan Adeiladu Naturiol.

Training

Armed with the right knowledge, you can carry out much of your own practical work using traditional building skills. Whether you are an architect, a contractor or a home-owner, we can teach you the essentials skills and techniques for working with traditional materials.

We also run traditional craft and applied arts courses, taught by practising craftspeople and artists. We add new courses every year and hold seasonal offers, so do please stay in touch to learn about what we are up to. Our courses are informative, inspiring and fun - we teach life-enhancing skills in a beautiful, peaceful setting.




“Just wanted to say thank you for a great day on Saturday, very informative and we’re looking forward to having a go at home !  It was great to see all the work you have done at Plas Tirion and your passion for the subject is a real inspiration!” 

“Very Informative – I find the ‘hands on’ approach infinitely more engaging and consequently far more educating.  Good to learn practical, traditional skills that can be applied both practically and domestically.”

 

 

ned in officeAll the courses are held at Plas Tirion, in the converted farm buildings of the C16th house.  We live in our own large, ongoing, lifetime restoration project which we open up on lime course days to show how we have used lime and natural fibre materials in this historic setting.

Plas Tirion is set within the Snowdonia National Park, in the beautiful Conwy Valley, approx 2 miles from Betws-y-coed. We are close to mountains, rivers and lakes and fifteen miles from the sea, there is a wide choice of fantastic accommodation to suit all budgets, from boutique hotels to shepherds huts – just let us know if you need help finding a place to stay and we can suggest some great places.

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Threshing Barn Project Open Access Day

Monday, May 29, 2017, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us for a series of free heritage building workshops and open access days, over the month of May.

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Mixing and Applying Hot Lime Mortars

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

      Learn the ancient technique of mixing and applying hot lime, to match original lime pointing and bedding mortars.  Learn about the different types of limes, the local aggregates that are suitable for making appropriate mortars and plasters, and the practical skills for pointing traditional stone buildings. Book soon, there are only eight […]

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Mixing and Applying Hot Lime Mortars

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

      Learn the ancient technique of mixing and applying hot lime, to match original lime pointing and bedding mortars.  Learn about the different types of limes, the local aggregates that are suitable for making appropriate mortars and plasters, and the practical skills for pointing traditional stone buildings. Book soon, there are only eight […]

Find out more about Mixing and Applying Hot Lime Mortars

Understanding and Working with Lime

Friday, June 9, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Learn the simple, specialist knowledge of working with lime, and gain hands on experience of the practical skills needed for pointing, plastering and lime-washing.

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Pottery – a one day course working with porcelain.

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and spend a day with us and learn the basic skills of pottery, to make and decorate several pieces of functional porcelain ware.  We will be using mainly hand building techniques and there will also be an opportunity to try throwing on the wheel.  We will decorate our pots using coloured slips and the […]

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Understanding and Working with Lime

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Learn the simple, specialist knowledge of working with lime, and gain hands on experience of the practical skills needed for pointing, plastering and lime-washing.

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Linocut printing

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and spend the day with us and learn the technique of relief printing using Lino. We will discuss designing an image, transferring onto the block, how to use the tools to produce a variety of marks, choosing paper, inking the block and printing by hand and with a press. At the end of the […]

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Willow Basket Making with Mandy Coates

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mandy Coates is running a one day course for a small group of people to make a fruit gathering basket – just in time for the blackberry season.

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Understanding and Working with Lime

Friday, September 8, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Learn the simple, specialist knowledge of working with lime, and gain hands on experience of the practical skills needed for pointing, plastering and lime-washing.

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Understanding and Working with Lime

Friday, October 6, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Learn the simple, specialist knowledge of working with lime, and gain hands on experience of the practical skills needed for pointing, plastering and lime-washing.

Find out more about Understanding and Working with Lime