This course is an introductory course for women who feel they lack the carpentry that invariably belongs to all building projects, be they straw bale, earth or stone. No experience necessary. The course is for women only.

Over the four days of this course you will be led through all the essential parts of constructing a building, from sub flooring to roofing, working on a small timber framed structure.




Course 2: 23rd – 26th August, 2018


Course 3: 27th – 30th Sept, 2018


Course 4: 4th – 7th October

Coed Talylan


Coed Talylan




Cost: The cost of the course is banded on the basis of income and includes food, accommodation and materials:

  • Up to 14K/year £280*
  • 14K-20K/year £340
  • 20K upwards £400

* We accept payments in installments.

You will learn hands on how to construct:
  • a subfloor
  • stud walls
  • window and door frames
  • roof structure
  • hang a door
  • put in windows
  • lay a floor
  • clad the structure
  • apply roofing material


The course will also include:
  • theory on how the parts of this structure would relate to other structures, for example straw bale, earth and stone buildings.
  • working with naturally curved wood
  • working with power tools: i.e. circular saws, chop saws and jig saws
  • hand tools and their maintenance
  • making a cutting list and pricing up your project


For the course you are asked to wear suitable work clothes and steel toe caps shoes/boots (not wellies) and ear protectors. Fingerless work gloves and a tool belt is recommended.
You are also asked to bring your own cordless combo screw driver/drill. Please don’t bring impact drivers. If you have any questions regarding the above, please get in touch.

Course Instructor

Sara Tommerup: Sara is a natural builder and carpenter with a broad range of experience within the different natural building techniques spanning earth, straw, stone, wood and lime. Sara has learnt from many different natural builders around the world. She also holds a Msc in Architecture.


Coed Talylan is a 70 acre woodland on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons. Nestled below the iron age hill fort of Garn Goch in the foothills of the Black Mountain it offers a secluded and peaceful location for our course participants to learn and explore the potential of applying agroecology within a co-sufficient community settlement.
Accommodation is available for camping around our guest lodge, an A-frame wooden cabin with kitchen and dining/living space. We have running filtered spring water throughout the site, compost toilets and wash facilities.
We will email directions along with detailed course information after you sign up to a course.


We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding and rely on large amounts of voluntary input. Concessions are available for pensioners, unemployed and full-time students only.
See the Coed Talylan Terms and Conditions

Booking and Paying for your place

To book a place on the course contact us for a booking form or use the link below. Please note that we ask for a £50 non refundable deposit to secure your place on the course.

Carpentry – Course Booking Form

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