A Hands-on day learning practical skills for building a tiny home. No previous experience required!
This is a fun day, making things & learning to use some of the tools & materials you would need to build your own tiny house, or indeed DIY jobs. We will cover materials, construction principles and techniques.
Coffee, tea and a light vegetarian lunch (soup and bread) are included.
9:00 coffee/tea for a 9:30 start. Finishing at 4pm.
Please note that because we will be preparing tools & materials based on the number of participants, you must book and pay in advance. We will not be able to take participants who just show up on the day.
Mike comes from an IT and business background, and has particular interests in local food, bushcraft, DIY skills, natural beekeeping, technology that people can understand and emergent self-sustaining human systems. He is involved in the construction and maintainence of most of the non-living systems at the farm, including the Ram pump, water collection systems and outbuildings.
His local website/IT business Indytech exclusively uses a community built "open source" system for its work, and he is active in the open source community.
As an educator, he has taught primary school children in rural Vermont, high school teachers learning about computers in the classroom when it was a new thing, high school students aboard an environmental education schooner in Long Island Sound, college students under the original author of the BASIC programming language, business people and Irish Travellers.
At Carraig Dulra he teaches bushcraft, DIY skills and natural beekeeping, and will launch into long explanations of ram pumps at the drop of a hat.
He is keenly interested in local food, and has started several different projects to bring people and their food closer together, including an ethical/organic market in Wicklow Town, an organic wholefood buyers group, a local food box (OOOOBY), and an ethical/organic shop in Glenealy, Co Wicklow (which also became a hub for other like-minded people).
While working and living in co-operative housing in London during the eighties, Gary continued his life long interest in how we house ourselves. He is a freelance tutor and energy advisor and is currently a tech mentor with Susliving.org and Glaslearning.ie.
Gary believes that natural building materials and methods have an important role in modern building, providing a way to be personally involved and connected to our own space.