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Chimney and pots. Grass hut. Building a tiled roof hut. Reinventing the soil - Natural building with earth. Reciprocal roof. Simple calculations on a reciprocal roof Model of a reciprocal roof, made from natural materials.

Reciprocal roof

Wattle & daub. What is it?

Wattle & daub

Historically, wattle and daub has been one of the most common wall infill techniques for timber framed buildings. Timber building. What is it?

Timber building

Way before stone-age people lived in caves, trees would have provided a haven for our ancestors. And after caves, timber would probably have been one of the first human building materials. Thatching. What is it?


Thatching is the use of dry vegetation to provide a roof covering. Currently in the UK, this is normally straw, reed or sedge, but has included heather, rushes, fine twigs from coppicing called brash and even shavings from the cricket bat industry! Vegetation (for example, palm leaves) has been used for roofing in tropical countries since time immemorial, and is still used widely today. In Europe, thatch has probably been used since the Neolithic period and was the material of choice for most homes until around 1820 as it used cheap, locally-available materials. Stone building. What is it?

Stone building

Stonemasonry has existed since humans could first make tools to work stone. Stonemasons work rock into the desired, often geometric shapes, and then use the stones to make structures. Whilst some stone work is done ‘dry’, much stonemasonry involves the use of mortars, and the understanding of the crucial relationship between the mortar and the stone. There are three main aspects to the stonemason’s craft: choosing and shaping the stone; the lime process; and the structural work of building in stone. Round wood timber framing. What is it?

Round wood timber framing

First the round wood part – round wood is straight from the tree (with or without bark), without any processing, squaring or planking. Timber framing is creating the structural framework for a building from wood. The frame bears the load, then the walls are filled in with something else, which could be timber cladding, straw bales, wattle & daub, or bricks and mortar. Traditional timber framing uses mortice and tenon joints secured with wooden pegs and wedges, all of which is traditionally done with hand tools (although commercial timber framers now use power tools).

Mortice and tenon joints are female / male. Roofing. What is it?


Building a roof is the most primal building activity of all. A roof alone is already a building, but a building without a roof is barely one at all. Roofs are so ubiquitous in fact that it can seem like a statement of the obvious to discuss them; Encyclopedia Britannica is a great place to get the basics. Roof shingles. What are they?

Roof shingles

They are waterproof wooden tiles for exterior cladding of buildings – more typically roofs, but also walls. A shingle is a shaped (profiled or dressed) shake. Natural paints. What are they?

Natural paints

Natural, or ‘eco-‘ paints are household paints, manufactured for interior and exterior uses, and also for floors and furniture. All paints contain pigment (colour), binder (carrier and a ‘glue’ for the colour), and solvent and / or additives (aids application, after which solvent evaporates); in eco-paints these tend to be natural rather than synthetic. Synthetic ingredients tend to be by-products of the petrochemical industry. Aglaia produce a range of interior and exterior paints whose waste products are totally compostable. Defining a natural paint is very difficult; manufacturers generally try to minimize the overall environmental impact of their products. Lime. What is it?


Lime is a traditional and environmentally-friendly building material that was largely replaced by cement during the 20th Century, but is now coming back into fashion. Various types of lime are used in building as mortars, renders, plasters, slurries and washes. All are made from limestone, which is a sedimentary rock made from the dead bodies of sea creatures that produce calcium carbonate (coral, shellfish, some planktons). Most limestone was laid down in the Cretaceous period (60-150 million years ago). Welsh Thatcher Seeks Apprentice To Carry On The Trade. "One of Wales’ last remaining thatchers is hoping to recruit an apprentice to help preserve his dying trade. Watch the video at this link: Alan Jones, 62, from Newport, Pembrokeshire , could retire in four years and wants the option of handing over his work to a newly qualified thatcher.


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Successive layers of differently colored local soils were placed into the 600mm wide formwork and a pneumatically powered tamper was used to compress each layer to about 50 percent of its untamped height. The technique results in a physically strong, durable wall with excellent thermal qualities, heating up slowly during the day and releasing heat in the cool evenings.

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