Make your small farm work


Join us on an inspirational and empowering timber framing journey. Over a fortnight we will be constructing a multi-functional timber framed ‘solar barn’, mainly focusing on creating a strong, traditional and beautiful roof with a twist that is it optimised for a 12kW solar array.

During this course students will have the opportunity to learn the time-honoured craft of the heavy carpenter. We'll be discussing the tools and techniques of the trade as well as history and design, to include some field trips. The bulk of the course however will be hands on joinery work, with an aim to see the barn from pile of timber to raised structure. The timber frame being built will focus on the most critical aspect of any building – the roof.


Following the course there would be an option to stay on and see through the installation of the final roof, finishing details and a 12kW grid tied solar system.


Students can expect to receive a wide range of handouts on the very broad topic that is working with timber.

The course runs from June 24th to July 5th 2019 and will be taught on a rolling basis. Ideally most students would book for the entire 2 weeks of the course, and as such go with a strong and empowered understanding. We could also accommodate those who make the whole fortnight.

Course fees are £50 per day if you do the full fortnight and £60 if you want to come for a shorter period. This includes free camping and food from the farm.

Henbant, is a small permaculture inspired farm that sits between mountain and sea on the North East corner of the Llyn Peninsula. The farm has stunning views, wildflower meadows, lakes, woodland and a range of traditional and low impact buildings. We produce veg, eggs, milk and meat all in a sustainable way and at a human scale.


The teachers


Maf Dwyloycoed has been a timber frame builder and sawyer for 10 years; he part owns Arfon Timber who have a sawmill and busy timber building workshop at Peblig Mill in Caernarfon. Maf has a broad experience of the timber industry being a forester, timber grader, frame designer and having studied Agroforestry at Bangor University.


Martin Martin has been a carpenter and timber framer for 20 years; he's part of North Wales' Wood Stone Metal collective and an expert craftsman. Martin is a skilled furniture maker and a keen student of Japanese woodcraft.

Jess Davidson is co-owner of Arfon Timber, apprentice timber framer and sawyer. Jess' background is in archaeology and historic building recording. She's a keen green wood worker (compulsive spoon carver).

For a course outline or for more information get in touch with Matt Swarbrick of Henbant on 07786316413 or by email at

Or you can book via this google form.. 

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