Learn the valuable skill of building a portable celtic roundhouse
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March 2010
Piwakawaka Farm, Papaiti Road, Whanganui
Times: Saturday 7th - 10.30am to 6.30pm (finishing approximate time only)
Sunday 8th - 9.30am to 5.30pm (finishing approximate time only)
Bring: Please bring lunch to share
Clothes for cooling and warming, sun protection, sturdy shoes!
Refreshments and morning /afternoon teas provided.
Why build a roundhouse?
A round house structure has many uses. Roundhouses are great spaces for people to come together, they make fine outdoor lounges, classrooms, or can be used as a home (in accordance with local body regulations). They can also be used as a glass houses, chook houses, or working spaces. You are only limited by your imagination....
How big could a roundhouse structure be?
Depending on your requirements, you could build a roundhouse in any size ranging from a few meters in diameter to as large as 8 meters in diameter.
We will be building a 5 meter diameter roundhouse during the workshop for use as a temporary structure which can be easily dismantled and erected.
How long will this roundhouse take to build?
We will be working over two days. Starting with 24 wooden poles that have been harvested on a previous day, in a few (3-6) hours we will transform the bare poles into the frame of the roundhouse. Once the frame is built, a roof may be attached (roof materials lashed on), and fabric walls may also be attached.
Once you know how to build a roundhouse you can modify the design we will be following to construct your own permanent structure.
Costs: Workshop $200
Bring a friend and the two of you come for $150 each.
You may wish to take way materials to construct your own roundhouse:
Buy Poles (Red Beech, or Kanuka, prepared) and tarpaulin $350
Buy other roundhouse fixings (all materials excluding poles and tarpaulin) $200
Bookings: Please contact Melinda or Murray on phone 06 342 5787 or
Please book quickly, participation numbers are limited.
Low embodied energy
Utilizes recycled products
Designed to use locally available materials
Modified for increased portability
Simple yet elegant design