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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 23.08.2016

Blog about organic architecture, natural building & more.

We had a great day for our Mud Fest 2016 as part of Heritage Week. You can see some of the photos here ... and we will be writing more about it soon. There were earth-based workshops in 7 counties all around the country. About 180 people in total attended the events ... a really fantastic response! Interest in mud is on the rise!

For now, I have put up a new blog about a restoration project we are currently overseeing - the repair of an old stone cottage using the earth on site to make the mud mortar.

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 Series of videos about our house, cob, wood, design and our courses
Tweets about anything and everything to do with natural building.
   Images of buildings made from mud, wood and stone.
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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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Nailing Partition Tamping-Cob Foot Mixing Cob Timber-Frame Base Coat Plastering Timber Roof