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12th July 2011, 10:43 AM

Saturday 16th July 2011
James Kendall & BTCV staff (07740 899551)
Course Title and Outline:
Building Techniques: Wattle and Daub - based at Norley Rural Skills Centre.
Wattle and Daub is a building material used for making walls, in which a woven lattice of wooden strips called wattle is daubed with a sticky material usually made of some combination of wet soil, clay, sand, animal dung and straw. Wattle and daub has been used for at least 6,000 years, and is still an important construction material in many parts of the world. Many historic buildings include wattle and daub construction, and the technique is becoming popular again in more developed areas as a low-impact sustainable building technique. Participants will learn traditional wattle and daub construction methods, using materials sourced on site and from the local area to create wall infill panels for the roundwood timber framed structure we created at Norley as part of a Habitats and Hillforts course in June.

Please note: Participants should be prepared to get quite mucky as the course involves handling dung as part of the daub mix: Rubber gauntlets and washing facilities will be available.

Course Aim:
To equip participants with the essential practical knowledge and understanding required to create wattle and daub panels using traditional materials which have been locally sourced.

Course Objectives: At the end of the course participants should be able to:
? Identify the advantages and disadvantages of using wattle and daub methods in construction work and examples of suitable applications
? Select appropriate materials for construction of wattle panels suitable for the structure in question in terms of species, growth forms, and sizes
? Recognise the properties and functions of binders, aggregates and reinforcements used in daub mixes, and select from a range of materials suitable for each function
? Identify the risks and hazards associated with this type of work and the necessary precautions
? Identify, select and care for the tools and equipment used for wattle and daub construction
? Carry out preparation tasks including grading of materials and setting out the work area
? Complete the different stages in wattle and daub construction, including setting out and weaving wattle panels and preparing, mixing and applying daub.
? Recognise a range of options and suitable materials for finishing coatings for completed wattle and daub work
? Understand aftercare and maintenance requirements ? including initial site tidying and long-term maintenance requirements and repair methods
Course content:
Saturday 16th July
0930 - 1000
Arrival and Registration. Introduction to site. Tea and coffee available
1000 - 1015
Introductions - tell us who you are and what you want to gain from the course. Outline of schedule
1015 - 1230
Theory/practical sessions looking at methods and applications, materials used in wattle & daub and their properties and functions. Intro to health, safety, tools use; preparation tasks including materials selection and initial construction tasks
1230 - 1300
Lunch (bring a packed lunch, hot drinks provided)
1300 - 1600
Practical session: continuation and completion of wattle and daub structures.
1600 - 1630
Discussion session: finishing coatings; aftercare, long term maintenance and repair methods
1630 - 1700
Review, remaining questions and evaluation. depart
Venue: BTCV Norley Rural Skills Centre, Finger Post Lane, Norley, Cheshire WA6 8LA Grid Ref: SJ571718

For a map visit: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=53.241827,-2.64522&num=1&t=h&sll=53.245314,-2.645238&sspn=0.006295,0.006295&ie=UTF8&ll=53.24276,-2.645216&spn=0.006729,0.01929&z=16

Directions: From M56 J12 take A56 into Frodsham. At the main set of traffic lights in the middle of Frodsham take a left turn onto the B5152. Follow signs for Norley, carrying straight on at the junction where the B5152 turns off to the right towards Hatchmere. Continue through Norley Village past the village hall on the right and a chapel on the left. At the crossroads with Hough Lane to the left and Gallowsclough Lane to the right continue for approx. 500m. The entrance to BTCV Norley Rural Skills Centre is down a farm track on the right hand side opposite some houses on the left. Look out for the BTCV sign. On entering the site, continue round to right and park near the building straight ahead.
Pick up available from: Chester Station - by request only - please phone Pete Attwood on 07740 899551 to make arrangements.
Additional details: Please bring suitable working clothes. Waterproofs may be necessary. Wellington boots will be needed for some elements of the course ? these and all other Personal Protective Equipment will be available for loan for anyone not having their own. To request a pair of wellies in your size please contact Pete Attwood in advance on 07740 899551. Lunch will NOT be provided but hot drinks will be available at registration, lunchtime and breaks.
Prices: FREE OF CHARGE for Cheshire residents ?25 per day for non residents.
Habitats and Hillforts courses are being organised by BTCV and other partners in this Landscape Partnership Scheme focusing on the chain of historically important hill top Iron Age forts that lines Cheshire's Sandstone Ridge. The scheme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For more details visit http://www.habitatsandhillforts.co.uk/Volunteers/

For booking enquiries please contact:
BTCV Northern Training Administrator, ( 01772 325362 e-mail: northern-training@btcv.org.uk