Clay Dabbin Build Project – Skills Workshops
The Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme is constructing a Clay Dabbin building at the RSPB Campfield Reserve, Bowness-on-Solway.
Clay Dabbin is the traditional vernacular construction method on the Solway. The method uses clay and grit extracted from the building locality, mixed with straw and built up in shallow layers separated by more straw. The key difference from other earth building methods found in the UK is the continuous build process, without drying out periods between layers (on the Solway there is a good chance your layer would be washed away rather than drying!).
Our building will consist of a drystone wall plinth on which the clay dabbin walls will be constructed, an oak frame roof structure and topped off with a heather thatch roof. Once finished the building will house an exhibition explaining the history and significance of the Solway Clay Dabbin vernacular.
We have lots of opportunities to get involved in the building of the clay dabbin including skills workshops, however we are working on the building most days so please get in touch if you would like to join us.
Heritage Building Skills Workshops
Clay Dabbin Building - Sun 5th June 10:00 – 16:00 (12 places)
Clay Dabbin Building - Wed 8th June 14:00 – 20:30 (drop in)
Clay Dabbin Building - Mon 30th May – Fri 3rd June 08:30 – 17:30 (drop in)
Please ring or email to let us know you are coming to one of the drop in sessions
Drystone Walling - Sun 3rd July 10:00 – 16:00 (6 places)
Heather Thatching - Sun 10th July 10:00 – 16:00 (6 places)
There are also opportunities to get involved in researching and curating the exhibition to be housed in the finished building. We will be telling the story of the clay dabbins of the Solway Plain, their history, distribution the risks to the surviving buildings and the technology of the build process.
In addition to building the Clay Dabbin the Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership are also hosting and supporting the Earth Build UK and Ireland (EBUKI) conference – Clayfest – on the Solway. Clayfest will run from 18th – 23rd July and again there are lots of ways you can get involved.
Schools day - Mon 18th July Open day for local schools
Workshops - Tue 19th Thu 21st Wide range of earth build techniques
Conference - Fri 22nd Earth building explored
Public day - Sat 23rd Open day, explore the workshops
For more information on Clayfest please see http://www.ebuk.uk.com/clayfest-2016/
The Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership has a number of bursaries available to attend the full Clayfest programme please get in touch for more information.
Learning and Community Officer
Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership
Solway Coast AONB Unit
Allerdale Borough Council
Liddell Street, Silloth on Solway
Cumbria, CA7 4DD
T: 016973 33055
M: 07747 532514
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