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Earth Building Ireland 2015

A celebration of Ireland's rich and ancient earth-built heritage alongside a new wave of contemporary, personality-filled, comfortable earth built homes. We can learn a lot from the wisdom of the past. And as a new-build material, little comes close when we look at earth's sustainable credentials.
To find out more, come along to Earth Building Ireland 2015 at I.T. Sligo on 13th November with self-guided tours of local earth buildings on 14th November.

Online ticket sales are now closed.
The venue can accommodate another 50 people. So don't be shy and join the 95 of us who are already going. Tickets can be purchased at the venue on the day (cash ony - there is an ATM in the college).

13 - 14 November

I.T. Sligo

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Mud and Wood offers the following services:

Courses in Natural Building:
Cob (Mud-Building), Natural Edge Wood Furniture, Earth Plastering, Natural Landscaping, Mud-Sculpting, House Design

Workshops for Schools, Colleges, Community Groups & Team Building
We can come to you: Build a cob oven, a cob bench, a hazel fence, a sculpture wall, ......

Planning & Building Control Services - Self-Build, Conservation & Eco Projects

Consultancy & Private Workshops for Self-Builders of Natural Building Projects
Advice on building regulation & planning compliance. We can train your work crew on site.

Conservation Advice and Repair Services for Earth and Timber Frame Buildings
We are on the Irish Georgian Society's Tradtional Building Skills Register.

Custom-Made Natural Edge Wood Built-In and Stand Alone Furniture
Commission a table, bed, shelves or kitchen, tailor-made and installed in your home.


News 11.11.'15
Blog about organic architecture, natural building & more.

We had a lovely little write up in the Irish Times Magazine on Saturday. Thanks Manchán Magan about the upcoming Earth Building Ireland 2015 event ... and tickets are selling fast.

We have written about what to expect at the event on our News Page.

For the full line-up of speakers and workshop leaders, for info on getting here and accommodation, for info on CPD accreditation and more ... click here.

Online ticket sales are now closed. You can pay on the day.

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offers courses in environmentally-friendly, sustainable, natural building and design. Specialising in earth construction (cob) and salvaged timber, our aim is to help you build, extend or renovate your home using natural, healthy and ecologically sound materials and methods. Building with cob will give you the freedom to sculpt your home, making it full of your personality while having a very low impact on the environment. Or you may prefer how to learn to build a timber cabin to gain some extra space for your home.

was founded in 2011 by husband-and-wife team Colin Ritchie and Féile Butler. A carpenter and an architect, Colin and Féile have been involved with cob building since 2005. In 2011, they completed their 3-bedroom cob-and-timber-frame family home in the north-west of Ireland. All courses are taught in grounds of their experimental and inspirational home, or in the house itself. They are located about half way between Sligo and Ballina on the N59 in Co. Sligo.

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