Tangleha Artists's Carpentry workshop with roof garden

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Build Project Description

We live in a small hamlet, at a road end right on the seashore. We are building a carpentry workshop that has a roundwood larch frame held together with oak pegs. It is cladded with larch, it has a dry sand layer for insulation and thermal heat store with an earthroof above. The earthroof will function as a terrace with a chamomile, clover and yarrow lawn and also as additional growing space to feed the adjoining kitchen with salads, herbs, fruits and vegetables. The build adjoins the already existing house, not far to go for cups of tea. It is flat and forms a triangular shape nested between the perimeter of the property and the house. The carpentry workshop will be open to the community and we would like to set up a tool share and wood recycling project to accompany it. The terrace above will mainly be used by the household and visitors to the house, we would like to host a weekly cafe during the summer from here too. We are set on the east coast of Scotland, betimes windy, often sunny.

Structure of My Build Project

Non-Profit Organisation

Building Styles Integrated

Earthship/used tires
Recycled Materials
Local Materials
Round Wood
Timber Framing
Roundwood timber framing
We will be using old concrete slabs for the foundations and a lot of the tools and finishing inside will be with reclaimed materials. Recycled windows and doors through out.

Sustainable Systems Integrated

Rain Water Collection
Food system integration
Heating system

Build Project Facilities

There is a large house on site with a kitchen, communal areas, bedrooms, flush toilets, hot and cold water, stove fires in the main rooms, music room, a massage and alternative therapy treatment room, bike workshop, a library and a workshop with a stage, arts and crafts area and exhibition space. Outdoors, we also have a kitchen, compost toilet and a willow bender sauna.

Activities near the Build Project

We have a large library of books and films, lots of instruments, bikes and canoes. There are a lot of walks around the house and the mountains are quite close.

What to Expect about Food

We will provide the food
We try to get our food as locally as possible…. veggies from our friends farm, the garden, a community where we volunteer, neighbours and friends. We get other staples from the Greencity Wholefood Co-op. We bake our own bread and make our own preserves and jams. We get venison from the Forestry Commission and Lamb from a community that we volunteer at a few miles away… all organicaly raised. We make our own oat milk, alcohol and drinks. Usually porridge or our own eggs for breakfast…

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Projected Start and End Dates

21 Jun 2017

Previous Building Experience

Enjoyable, challenging, fun…. Music helps.

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Type of Volunteer Being Looked for

We are looking for carpenters for the timber frame construction, preferably with experience of chainsaw carving and chisel work. We are also looking for general volunteers who want to learn and help with the many tasks on offer. We have gardens that need caring for and a house to upkeep too, so plenty to do. We would love to have an electrician to wire the place up once we are done building the frame.

Where you will be Sleeping

There are mattress beds within the house in single and shared rooms. We have tents and sleeping bags available if the house is full or you prefer to sleep outside. We also have a selection of hammocks and tarps if you really love the outdoors.

How much Notice Needed Prior to Hosting

1 days

The Number of POOSHers Desired

3 POOSHers


Michael Beck's picture

Thanks for the photos!!

alley nicol's picture

Hi would love to come and give you guys a hand.....probably tied up most of May but what about early June? Alley
victoria randlo's picture


Do you need people end of may/early June? I'm love DIY and volunteered last year on a strawbale build. Would love to hear more about your project. where you are at? and when you need people?.

Yamina Nater's picture

I will be traveling through the E.U. and the U.K. this fall and would love to volunteer at your site. I am a hard worker and a fast learner. I am looking to gain experience so that I can eventually build my own sustainable tiny home. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Jacquie Shortland's picture

Hi I live locally (Torphins) & have been to some amazing parties at Tanglaha in the past with my friend Holly Taylor.  I am a Sculptor and natural builder with experience in Earthdome, Earthbag, Cob & strawbale construction, I have a five month old baby but would still love to help and learn - I worked with Alley Nicol too on Stow StrawBale Eco Build last year - I don't know why you might want to know that but anyways.... Hope to hear from you soon
jacob rose's picture

Hi, are you taking volunteers in 2016?

I am from Leicester and travelling the UK in 016 to learn about permaculture and natural building. I have some land in Bulgaria and need all these skills to build a community in Bulgaria. I will be in Scotland to stay with a friend next summer anyway. Could we perhaps liaise, even if we met up for a chat at least that would be great as I can learn a little something? Volunteering would be ideal though. I have volunteered all over the world. Have cob experience etc.

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kamm danniels's picture

It sounds like a nice refreshing project, your idea will definitely work since there is so much positivism to it. Do you use bridgeport parts to complete the project? This may help you finish everything quicker along with gathering a good team. Please share a review on how everything went, so many people want to learn from you.