Andy Reynolds is a long term practitioner of low impact living and is a keen promoter of self-reliance and the use of local materials and power. He has used locally grown and sawn timber in his business and home life.
This one day course is the perfect opportunity to look at the often neglected resource provided by locally grown timber and the many ways that it can be used in projects that surround the home.
It will cover tree species and their timber properties, buying local timber, choices between round wood and sawn timber, cleaving down the grain, air drying and home kiln drying, moisture content, measuring timber volume and how to order, the global timber market, carbon issues, timber miles and sustainability. Discussion and observation will be woven through the practical session where a wide range of local timbers will be shown. There will be ample opportunity during the course and later in the afternoon to discuss issues relating to your specific application.
If you want to know more about Andy visit his YouTube channel and the basis of the course is his book, Timber for Building that is the culmination of 30 years of Andy's working life. The book is part of the course materials and a copy of this will be supplied to each course participant. If you cannot wait then the book is available at LowImpact.org for £11.95. Also watch this YouTube promotional video created by Andy to give you a feel for the practical nature of the course.
This one day course is a bring and share lunch event so please bring something to share. This course is limited to 12 participants.