Gather & Learn

Post & Beam
Building by hand

Six day courses June

Gather and learn how to build this beautiful campsite barrel top building below, constructed from Native Irish Douglas Fir. Built with five post & beam frames and Belfast Trusses all to be hand crafted using joinery and traditional methods. The frames will be stood by us all at the end of each week.

You will learn,

• Tools required and use of tools

• Foundations

• Methods of Construction

• Timber Frame Joints and Joinery

• Post and beam assembly

• Truss design and construction/Belfast truss

• Roofing 

• Cladding

Dates: June 6th-11th and 20th-25th, three day options available. 6th-8th and 20th-22nd.
Bring the family, camp on site or stay in our eco-accommodation.

Your tutor
Jonathan Callaghan

Born and raised in Donegal and now living in West Cork I first stepped onto a site as a toddler. With my Dad having been a builder/carpenter I have worked with him over the years from a young age. Having developed a passion for carpentry and all kinds of woodwork I graduated with a diploma in Furniture Design from Colaiste Stiofain Naofa in 2004. 

In 2004 and 2006 in between travels in Africa and Asia I worked with a local team in constructing a volunteer centre and a small hospital in Cape Mac Clear, Malawi whilst volunteering with the Billy Riordan Memorial trust. The volunteer centre was constructed using round pole post and beam and the hospital was built using a very innovative clay block design known as hydraform.

From 2006-2010 I worked on various timber structures and furniture projects while also spending some of my time working with a tree surgeon in Cork. I graduated with a BA Hons degree in horticulture from CIT in 2015. Whilst studying in 2013 I helped setup Silvabuild Design Ltd and when I graduated I became a director. While working with Silvabuild I was involved in the design and construction of a number of traditional post and beam structures and natural play areas (playscapes).

In 2015 my wife and I and 3 kids were fortunate to buy a small holding in west cork. Since getting planning permission in 2018 we have constructed a house, a workshop and an artist’s studio. In 2020 I decided to focus mainly on our own site and more local work. I work with traditional timber frame post and beam construction and modern stick frame, I use a lot of metal sheeting finishes and timber cladding including shou sugi ban.

I continue to divide my time between being a dad, surfing, and gardening while designing, consulting and building for small homes, cabins, studios and playscapes as well as teaching wood working skills to children and timber frame construction skills to adults, facilitated through workshop settings.  It excites me to be able to facilitate and teach skills that empower people to take their modest dreams into their own hands. I do believe that timber construction is available for all to learn and if explained well can be quite easy to accomplish.

Check Instagram for images of my work @jonnycondy

We’ll have family activities, Wellbeing Treatments and a chance to sit around a fire at night under the stars with like minded folk and get to know one another on our West Cork coastal farm.

Course fee: €295 for 3 days €595 for 6 including two nutritious meals.
Half price Camping Offer!

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