Howard Schofield's Profile

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My Gender

Male

A Little about Me

Having grown up on an organic smallholding, I have long since held a belief and passion for sustainable lifestyles, low impact living and permaculture design. At 18 I started my travels, cycling to Holland then France and Switzerland, WWOOFing on smallholdings, farms and communities, exploring different lifestyles and philosophies, learning much about alternative technologies and ways of life. I met a girl and we decided to build a house together. Lucky it was that we had a friend with land, and so we started. We designed and built the stone foundations and cob walls of a house, but alas, and to cut a long story short, abandoned it in December 2012. I returned to the UK, got a job with a flint waller, helped my friend renovate his house, worked on a farm, travelled up and down the land, meeting people, talking, learning and reflecting. Recently I decided to go to university to study Civil and Timber Engineering, where I will be starting in September, and I now want to POOSH with my summer, to learn what I can, help where I can and laugh all that I can.

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Why I Build Sustainably

Because I believe that people can live 100% sustainable, and that starts with where you live, with your house being designed to support sustainable and dynamic life/growth. When we live in concrete blocks, we think in concrete blocks. If our environment is natural and alive, we can begin to understand oursleves and our neighbours better.

Skills I would like to Work on or Share.

I have a very good, practical, analytical mind and am good with my hands. I have built or helped built loads of things over the years and would generally like to continue doing that. I like working in woods and gardens too, generally anywhere if I feel that it's a good thing to do.

My Life Philosophy

"A feathered arrow without a barb," said he, "is a good weapon. But a barbed arrow without feathers is utterly useless." Jack from The Coral Island by RM Ballantyne

Building Styles I have Experience in

Cob
Rammed Earth
Earthship/used tires
Straw Bale
Adobe/Mud Bricks
Reclaimed Materials
Local Materials (ie Sustainable Wood)
Stone/Flint walls
Can't call myself an expert by a long shot, but I got to grips pretty good with a cob/rammed earth technique when my ex and myself decided to build a home. I have also worked with flint wallers, dry stone wallers, built stairs and retaining walls with tyres, made bricks, built with pallets stuffed with straw, recycled roofs and internal straw bale work (not load bearing, though I'd love to learn it).

My Building Qualifications

None

My Occupation

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What I Read, Watch, and Listen to

Allsorts. Generally that which challenges me intellectually or emotionally. Generally not Hollywood, or UK top 40, and if I can laugh it helps.

Building Styles I'm Interested in

Cob
Rammed Earth
Earthship/used tires
Straw Bale
Adobe/Mud Bricks
Reclaimed Materials
Local Materials (ie Sustainable Wood)
Thatched
Stone/Flint walls
All of 'em

My Education

My parents have an organic farm in Scotland, and I've volounteered all over France on farms, eco villages and other projects. Building, gardens, landscaping, carpentry, permaculture, flint walls, dry stone walls, cob, straw bale, rammed earth, lime mortars and renders... No area of expertise, but a general grasp of all of the above and more...

My Eating Habits

Omnivore
Vegetarian
Vegan