See the progress at our Live Build 2016 project

Over the past eight weeks our students have been hard at work on The Dumfries House estate, putting their skills to the test to create another wonderful structure as part of their Live Build project.

A team of students combined of stonemasons, traditional joiners, painter and decorators, wood carvers and others have been using their combined knowledge and skill to create a complex of buildings for the estate’s new educational farm building.

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Much like Dumfries House’s existing educational garden, the farm will support the estate’s educational programmes; teaching visiting schools how food gets from farm to fork, as well as the importance of farming. The build will witness the completion of a goose house – ‘Goose Hoose’, a sheep shelter, cow shed, turkey house, duck house, and pigsties.

Under the guidance of experienced craftspeople, including a few of our alumni, our Live Build students have not only been honing their own craft but also learning about other traditional skills from dry stone masonry, to thatch, slate and shingle roofing, timber framing, lime harling, and dry stone walling.

At the end of October the students will begin their first placements working with master craftspeople, traditional building companies and at conservation projects across the UK.

You can see the progress our students have made in the gallery below, or click here to find out more about our education programmes.