Reciprocal Roof Roundhouse Building Course

reciprocal roof roundhouse building course

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Gloucestershire – The woodyard. (4 day intensive) = £375

Reciprocal Roof Roundhouse Building Course

This intensive course is a professionally tailored curriculum for people who really want to know how its all done. You will be taught the keys skills by a professional. The curriculum is distilled from 14yrs of professional timber framing experience. You will not simply be working to finish someone’s project. This 4 day intensive course is a roundwood timber framing course for you to learn and practice cutting all the joints needed to build a full size Reciprocal Roof Roundhouse of your own. We’ll also experiment with reciprocal roofs of different size and pitch, to make sure that you really understand how this intriguing piece of geometry works. There will be time to discuss any technical questions you might have. No previous experience necessary. Camping available.

Adrian Leaman – Tutor. “I’ve been building Reciprocal Roof Roundhouses for over 10 years now and I must have tried pretty much every technique this is. The style I teach now is the distilled wisdom of those years of experimentation and is what I consider to be the best approach.  These are very practical courses, no previous experience is necessary and camping is available.”

If you already have some of these skills or have already been on our 4 day intensive course you might be ready for Our Community Building Camp, The 3 week Full Build will give you a chance to be involved right through the building process on a real project.



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What people have said about our course.

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Alex (2014) Brilliant, thanks – worth doing a 1200 mile round trip for : )

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Andy (Reciprocal roof roundhouse course 2014)

I just wanted to repeat my thanks to both of you for making a thoroughly enjoyable weekend that worked on so many levels for me. I was really impressed with the level of sophistication in content, manner and style of the course which is a tribute to the mantra of, ” it takes a lot of effort to make it look this easy “. I also appreciated your warmth and inclusiveness which was felt by everyone. I hope we get the chance to meet again.

roundhouse building coursePete (Reciprocal roof roundhouse course 2014)

Adrian and Katherine, thanks very much for such a fun weekend. The food has been great. The informative approach based on obvious in-depth experience of building shines through. I feel confident that I could tackle building a small reciprocal roof roundhouse.

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Linda (Reciprocal roof roundhouse course 2015)

A wonderful course! The laid back learning approach and catering was exceptional. So many other questions were answered about my proposed project, as well as of course how to erect a reciprocal roof roundhouse.
Many thanks, Linda Scott – Austrailia

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James & Sandy (Reciprocal roof roundhouse course 2015)

Thank you for a great few days….I learnt a lot and food to die for. For those not wishing to camp I’d really recommend ‘the snooty fox’ in Tetbury. Back to Greece now, where the roundhouse project will begin!
Best wishes, James & Sandy – Athens, Greece.

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Phil (Reciprocal roof roundhouse course 2015)

Fantastic training – not just for the theoretical and practical aspects which were delivered in a fun and relaxed manner, but for the opportunity to sit and discuss the more philosophical aspects of this type of build and sustainable building in general. Also feel like a new doorway has opened into a network of magical, practical people.

What inspired me to build a reciprocal roof roundhouse.

I started working on roundwood timber frame buildings over a decade ago in Belize.
The reciprocal roof roundhouse is a particularly elegant and mind boggling spectacle of geometry. The Reciprocal Frame, also known as a Mandala roof, has been used since the 12th century in Chinese and Japanese architecture although little or no trace of these ancient methods remain. Leonardo da Vinci designed a self-supporting bridge using this method in the 16th century

The timbers in a reciprocal roof roundhouse are left round but they do need the bark removed. You can have the logs mechanically peeled.  However that process strips away the natural form which trees spend decades maturing and which is so relaxing on the eye. It’s a real joy to see the natural world expressed in a building. Archie Milles once mused that, “No writer could ever match the poetry expressed in the form of a single tree. Peeling the logs by hand leaves the natural form of the tree intact.

Raising the frame is another classic moment for people to come together in a rare moment of ‘team building’, literally. This feels good because for thousands of years collaborative outdoor work was part of community life. The power of the shared journey to overcome a physical challenge is well recognised for its feel-good social bonding effect. I’ve built structures for many different organisations over the years and most of them have been run as team building events. I have helped school children, college students, university students, corporate groups, community groups and families shape their own environments. It’s always a joy and a real one off opportunity for most people that they’ll never forget.  (Adrian Leaman – course tutor)