18th – 23rd July 2016
Earth Building’s relationship with land, tenure and society
Hello Earth Building enthusiasts, and welcome to this year’s EBUKI Festival and Conference was on the beautiful Cumbrian Solway Plain! Our theme explored the relationship between Earth Building and land, tenure and society, which sparked some interesting discussions.
Following last year’s tremendous success in Errol, Scotland, we were delighted to be holding 2016’s workshops, from 19th to 21st July, at the beautiful RSPB Campfield Marsh Reserve in Bowness on Solway, Cumbria. This mind-blowing location was not only brimming with wildlife, but also LOTS of the local earth vernacular ‘Clay Dabbins’.
Running from 19-21 July, the hands-on workshops were held at the RSPB Campfield Marsh Reserve, Bowness on Solway, Cumbria. Standard. This year we were building a bird hide on the RSPB reserve, giving the opportunity to build a permanent structure from the ground up, and explore foundations, window construction as well coverings and finishes.
Clay Dabbin (Cob) Building
This year we were building a bird hide on the RSPB reserve, giving the opportunity to build a permanent structure from the ground up, and explore foundations, window construction as well coverings and finishes.
We’ll explore different substrates including cob, straw, lath, and even concrete, discussing and experimenting with various mixes, fibres and ratios, so you’ll have the understanding you need to make your own beautiful, natural and tactile earth plasters when you get home or on site!
Once again, Professor Rowland Keable will lead us in creating his Rammed Earth visions in three days of his ram jam spectacular!
Earth Floor Repair Masterclass
Earth Floors are seem to be disappearing at an alarming rate to alternatives such as limecrete, or worse…and we’re NOT happy about it. We’ll be running a two day masterclass in the care and repair of earth floors, as well as how to replace them like for like if necessary.
Agrarian Earth: Earth Building’s relationship with land, tenure and society
Date: 22nd July 2016
Location: Burgh-By-Sands Village Hall
Post – Conference Tours
On Saturday 23rd, out experts will be on hand to talk you through some of the mud building highlights throughout the Solway Plain…it’s your chance to pick their brains on new build and repair techniques! Tours are only available to those who attend either the workshops or the conference. More details available on booking.
Partners and supporting organisations:
Earth Building UK and Ireland
Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Heritage Lottery Fund
The Mudwaller’s Union for Crafts and Conservation in Earth (MUCCIE)
Solway Coast AONB
North of England Civic Trust