Stone building articles

Aug
20
2019
Ziggy

Scribing wood to stone: how to scribe a wood post to a stone foundation

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Ziggy of The Year of Mud shares a how-to guide for scribing wood to stone, with a project fitting a wooden timber frame on to a stone foundation. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Aug
18
2017
Sophie Paterson

In praise of the domestic larder: an alternative to the modern fridge

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Once a mainstay of households in times gone by, the humble larder provided a practical storage solution for foodstuffs requiring storage over a longer period of time. Read more …

Feb
24
2017
Barbara Jones

Can you help Barbara Jones and Straw Works set up a National Skills Centre?

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Barbara Jones of Straw Works / School of Natural Building is the country’s top straw-bale builder. She is the author of Building with Straw Bales, and is the star of our straw-bale building online course. Read more …

Feb
5
2017
Dave Darby

Why we’d be better off living like the Saxons (with a few mod cons)

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If you spend your life trying to promote low-impact living, you sometimes get asked the most ridiculous questions. More than once I’ve been asked something along the lines of: ‘you want to take us back to the Middle Ages, don’t you?’ Read more …

Jan
20
2017
Cassandra Lishman

Help our off-grid, timber, straw-bale and stone ‘eco-pod’ project happen, then come and stay in it!

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Hi, my name is Cassie. My daughter is called Bea, she’s the bigger girls in the picture there. She absolutely loves horses! I also have a son called David, who is going to be an actor; my husband is called Nigel, and our eldest son is called Ted. Read more …

Dec
26
2016
Sigi Koko

Building a small home has a big payback

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Let’s get one thing straight right away…When I say “small”, I don’t mean living in a shoe box.   What I mean by “small” is living in a space that is designed…well designed…for your needs…and no more.  A small space doesn’t mean cramped. Read more …

Jul
28
2016
Sam Harrison

Volunteer at a crofting / educational centre in the Highlands and learn about the ‘shieling’

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This is a farm-based education organisation.  Our story is the ‘shieling’ – a tradition where folk went up to the hills with the livestock. The shieling is a traditional practice of moving up to the high ground or moorland with livestock, to live there for the summer. Read more …

Apr
16
2016
Dave Darby

Work / farmshare opportunity for someone interested in farming, smallholding, forestry, livestock, mushrooms or building stone

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Here’s a very interesting opportunity for a budding smallholder – either paid work or farm share, near Totnes in Devon. Over to Richard: Read more …

Feb
10
2016
Barbara Jones

Why cement should never be used with natural buildings

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I am often asked to help with other people’s designs, but one of my principles is never to design with cement. Not everyone knows this about me, and I was recently asked what my general experience was with stem walls made of concrete Read more …

Oct
2
2015
Phil Christopher

Career change: how I left software development to become a natural builder

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When I was young I wanted to do a lot of different things, but the core ambition was always to do something that would help our environment, not make it worse. Read more …

Jan
13
2015
Eileen Sutherland

Career change? How to become a self-employed natural builder

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We’re approached a lot by people wanting to change career to one focused on one of the topics on our website. The most common topic is probably low-impact building. Read more …

Sep
6
2014
Dave Darby

French farmhouse free to the right low-impacter (roofing skills would be a bonus)

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We are in contact with an English man who has a French property but will no longer be able to live there. He’s happy to give it away to someone who will turn it into the kind of eco-home / low-impact smallholding that he intended. Read more …

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