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This hands-on workshop is a perfect introduction to eco-building design and construction. Based on the footprint of the garden ‘shed’, issues of planning, etc. are neatly sidestepped allowing you to just get on with the job of making and learning.

How does one approach the question of low-cost eco-building design and construction? What are the realities of self-building? How can one work and self-build at the same time? What about planning issues? How easy is it to make one’s own electricity? These and many other questions will be answered in this Workshop.

Students will learn how to get their ideas down on paper; how to draw and make scale models; how to survey a site; calculate costs; choose materials; get a workshop set up and, most importantly, how to build! The unique ‘peter-post’ framing system will be explained and illustrated.

The <$5000 EconoSpace will be featured and people can experience its charms first hand! [box type="shadow"]Pay the $20 booking fee NOW to secure your place on this unique Workshop





Alternatively you can pay by direct deposit to:
Bendigo Bank
BBS 633.000
Peter Cowman
Account No. 135268803
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The Sheltermaker Tour

Ireland & UK March-April 2013

The Sheltermaker Tour will kick off in Cork on Wednesday March 6th and continue until Thursday April 11th. when it moves to the UK. Evening talks and presentations as well as 1 and 2-day weekend Workshops are on offer – details below. The proposed Itninerary reaches all parts of the country.

The Tour will be grassroots-focused, bringing the information to where it is needed and encouraging people to get together and help each other achieve their sheltermaking ambitions. The emphasis will be on local events. I’ll need people on the ground willing to organise and promote these, so don’t hesitate to put your hand up. It’s all very straightforward really. I’ll give you all the help I can, supplying a poster, PR material and so on! Organisers will be amply rewarded! Details of events and what’s needed to make it all happen, below – or download the Sheltermaker Tour Info pdf.

All that’s needed to make this happen is your help!

The Tour will coincide with the publication of The Sheltermaker’s Manual which will be released on February 16th. Copies of the Manual will be available at all events or can be ordered below. Avail of Special Pre-publication Offer!

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Peter Cowman is Sheltermaker.
He reminds us that we have forgotten how to shelter ourselves,
leaving us exposed to a market which ruthlessly exploits this vulnerability.
But all is not lost!
By awakening our instincts we can live our sheltermaker dreams
– and in the process discover who we really are!

All that’s needed to make this happen is your help!

To find out more about having an event in your area, read on, or, DOWNLOAD THE SHELTERMAKER TOUR INFO pdf!

EVENING TALKS & PRESENTATIONS

Entry fee: €5/₤5

ECO-BUILDING ON A SHOESTRING

INVISIBLE ARCHITECTURE

AWAKENING OUR SHELTERMAKER GENES

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Entry fee: €75/₤70 per day

ECONOSPACEMAKING [1 or 2-day]

DREAM HOME 1-day WORKSHOP

What happens where, is up to you! See HOW TO ORGANISE A SHELTERMAKER TOUR EVENT below, or, DOWNLOAD THE SHELTERMAKER TOUR INFO pdf

Further details of Weekend Workshops

SHELTERMAKER TOUR DATES & ITINERARY

Week 1

Evening talks/presentations CORK March Wed6; Thurs7; Fri8

Weekend 1

Workshops CORK March Sat9; Sun10

Week 2

Evening talks/presentations CORK, KERRY, LIMERICK, CLARE, SOUTH TIPP Wed13; Thurs14; Fri15

Week 3

Evening talks/presentations CORK, WATERFORD, WEXFORD, SOUTH TIPP Mon18; Tues19

Weekend 2

Workshops LEITRIM, ROSCOMMON, LONGFORD March Sat23; Sun24

Week 4

Evening talks/presentations MAYO, GALWAY, WESTMEATH, CAVAN March Tues26; Wed27; Thurs28

Weekend 3

Workshops LEITRIM, SLIGO, ROSCOMMON 3 March Sat30 & April Mon1 [Easter weekend]

Week 5

Evening talks/presentations DONEGAL, BELFAST, LOUTH, MEATH April Wed3; Thurs4

Weekend 4

Workshops DUBLIN April Sat6; Sun7

Week 6

Evening talks/presentations DUBLIN, WICKLOW, KILDARE, CARLOW, OFFALY, KILKENNY, NORTH TIPP April Tues9; Wed 10; Thurs11

Weekend 5

Workshops UK April Sat13; Sun14

Week 7

Evening talks/presentations UK April Mon15; Tues16

I’ve tried to minimise travelling in setting up the dates and the itinerary – so its all reasonably flexible and can be tweaked to suit circumstances on the ground.
You can check the status of dates at:
sheltermaker.com

If there is a demand in the UK for more dates than this I could possibly offer evening gigs on Wed6; Thurs7; Fri8 and Weekend gigs on Sat9/Sun10 March … depending on the response from Cork! [/box]

HOW TO ORGANISE A SHELTERMAKER TOUR EVENT

Choose either an Evening Talk/Presentation or a Weekend Workshop, as listed above, check HERE to see if those dates are still free, then forward this information to the Living Architecture Centre

The arrangements can all be provisional to start off with, then as we progress, details can be firmed up and finalised.

This is a great opportunity to get something going in your area, so think of getting friends and associates involved!

It’s all lots of fun as well as being inspiring, empowering and totally practical!

Print off a few posters and put them up!

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The Sheltermaker’s Manual in 2 Volumes

by Peter Cowman

189X246mm paperback 668 pages 916 Illustrations To be published by Python Press on February 15th 2013

SPECIAL OFFER*

Avail of a special pre-publication price of €45 incl. P&P, for both volumes of The Sheltermaker’s Manual, delivered to any European address.

[€60 incl. P&P for delivery to the Rest of the World]

*Books to be dispatched early March 2013

For delivery to any European address

For delivery to any Rest of the World address

The Sheltermaker’s Manual has evolved from the unique Be Your Own Architect Courses which were first presented in 1989. Written in an accessible and practical style and featuring over 900 illustrations, the Manual reveals information not previously available on the subject of house design. Between those lovely covers is all the information you need to know about houses and even architecture in general!

Drawing on the experience of homes that have been designed and built utilising the Manual’s unique Design Programme, this invaluable resource facilitates the development of affordable, practical and versatile design solutions for both new as well as existing houses. Details of completed projects are included in the Manual, plus information on the EconoSpace, a unique low-cost eco-building featuring the original peter-post framing system.

With its emphasis on the positive, the practical and the affordable, the Sheltermaker’s Manual also offers people the opportunity to understand the hidden psychological aspects of ‘home’. Such ‘intangibles’ are utilised as a means of exploring ones’ inner self in an effort to uncover ‘the dream house within’. On this level, the Manual operates as a self-development tool, allowing people to resolve personal life issues, oftentimes without the need, or expense, of building at all! So, you don’t have to want to build in order to justify buying this book. You need it to inform yourself and to understand how our houses can assist us in achieving a sustainable way-of-life.

The Manual’s Design Programme clearly sets out the unique and proven design methodology – when the process of planning, investigating, costing and decision-making has been completed, only then is the plan of the building put together. This is in contrast to normal design practice where the plan is the first thing that is created which can lead to insurmountable problems, as can be witnessed in many professionally designed homes. The Manual’s unique Design Programme structure also facilitates the importation of outside information into the design equation.

Chapters

1. Introduction
2. The Brief
3. Measurement
4. Drawings & Models
5. Space Mock-Ups
6. Surveying
7. Structure
8. Environment
9. Heating & Ventilation
10. Timberfile
11. Materials & Products
12. Construction
13. Building Services
14. Planning & Building Regs
15. Site Selection & Analysis
16. Layout.
17. Costing
18. Planning & Working Drawings

Plus, 64 Worksheets to assist you in formulating your design

SPECIAL OFFER*

Avail of a special pre-publication price of €45 incl. P&P, for both volumes of The Sheltermaker’s Manual, delivered to any European address. [€60 incl. P&P for delivery to the Rest of the World] *Books to be dispatched early March 2013

For delivery to any European address

For delivery to any Rest of the World address

Post-crash horticultural opportunity in Ireland

Fruit and nut nursery, suffering neglect and facing closure owing to ill-health of proprietor, urgently requires new blood.

Unique opportunity for energetic, innovative person wishing to become proficient in tree-propagation and other nursery skills, and possibly develop their own nursery business.

For further information email office@fruitandnut.ie or phone 087 6714075

Europe’s oldest prehistoric town unearthed in Bulgaria

Archaeologists in Bulgaria say they have uncovered the oldest prehistoric town found to date in Europe.
The walled fortified settlement, near the modern town of Provadia, is thought to have been an important centre for salt production.
Its discovery in north-east Bulgaria may explain the huge gold hoard found nearby 40 years ago.
Archaeologists believe that the town was home to some 350 people and dates back to between 4700 and 4200 BC.
That is about 1,500 years before the start of ancient Greek civilisation.
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Scottish dig unearths ‘10,000-year-old home’


The remains of what is believed to be one of Scotland’s earliest homes have been uncovered during construction works for the new Forth crossing.
The site dates from the Mesolithic period, about 10,000 years ago.
Archaeological excavation works have been taking place in a field at Echline in South Queensferry in preparation for the Forth Replacement Crossing.
A large oval pit nearly 7m in length is all that remains of the dwelling, along with hearths, flint and arrowheads.
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