PART 2: THATCH AND TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES COURSE
GIVEN BY ANTONIO GANDANO
Traditional architecture and bioconstruction, a binomial that responds to the need to preserve traditional knowledge that forms part of our intangible heritage, and to the need to work with ecomaterials. It is about working with an architecture with values, aimed at the sustainability of its materials, the recognition of heritage and the transfer of this knowledge to professionals.
Specifically, the hut is an architectural model that, over the years, has responded to the needs of its inhabitants by creating original models based on their cultural evolution. In our environment it has gone from being a ranch for cattle to a house with qualities that, among others, make it cool in summer and warm in winter, just like the grasses and reeds that are used come from alvinas, streams, mountains, collaborating in this way to clean them and preventing them from becoming sources of fire. The techniques and knowledge of this trade are various depending on the pastures and have reached a beauty that is increasingly in demand.
Thatch rooves are widely used in bioconstruction homes, zoos, hotels, farms, etc. and those that are built today can last up to 30 years, and with proper maintenance from time to time they can last up to 100 years.
In countries like England, Germany, France and others… there are many homes with this type of roof, becoming a socio-cultural asset, where owners and neighbors are proud to maintain their habitats for centuries. In the case of Spain, the typologies of churches and palaces have been preserved, but popular housing has been undergoing changes, giving rise in many cases to laminated roofs, which, unlike grass roofs, do not perspire or provide better characteristics.
This course aims to make known its properties, applications and preparation techniques for its implementation.
Professionals in the conservation and restoration of historical heritage and other related trades and professions. Self-construction, masons, architects and construction technicians and everyone who is interested.
+ Understand how to make a thatch roof for a home.
+ Give the guidelines to work from a practical point of view.
+ Have an insight into how huts are built in different parts of the world.
+ Understand the contextualization of the hut in our environment.
+ Know the pastures and their harvest.
+ Know the requirements and errors in the roof.
+ Know the behavior of materials.
+ Being able to roof with thatch according to the technique and the different tools.
Jonathan Cory-Wright, CanyaViva
Antonio Gandano, master craftsman, trainer and bioconstructor, with more than 30 years of experience.
> English, Spanish, basic Portuguese
THATCH COURSE > Sunday 17 – Thursday 21 > 20 hours (Max 6 Places)
THATCH WORK CAMP > Thursday 21 – Saturday 30 > 60 hours (Max 12 Places)
- COURSE CONTENTS:
– THATCH COURSE > 20 hours > General description of the properties and applications of the grass and the preparation techniques for its implementation, given by Antonio Gandano, Maestro Chocero
– THATCH WORK CAMP > 60 hours > Practice of the application and implementation of the thatch covering, directed by Jonathan Cory-Wright, CanyaViva
> Food And Accommodation Included
– THATCH COURSE > 20 hours > 350.00 € (Transfer 200 € + 21% VAT + € 150 cash)
– THATCH WORK CAMP > 60 hours > FREE
_ALL IN ONE – 2 COURSES + 2 WORK CAMPS: -200 €
_BRING A FRIEND – Registration of two people or more: -50 € each
Monday 18 April 2022
17:00 – 18:00 > Presentation and contact between the attendees + course presentation (Jonathan Cory-Wright, CanyaViva)
18:00 – 19:30 > talk about the shack as a home, from the foundation to the finishing (Antonio Gandano)
Tuesday 19 April 2022
09:30 – 11:30 > The intrinsic qualities of the earth as a construction material.
> Origins of green roofs
> Characteristics and Designs.
11:30 – 12:00 > Break
12:00 – 14:30 > Current constructions.
> Comparison with other ceilings.
> Qualities of grasses as cover material.
> Structures and supports.
16:00-19:00 h > Contact with the grasses, structure, knots, handling of tools, and beginning of the roof (Antonio Gandano)
Wednesday 20 April 2022
09:30 – 11:30 > Preparation and tillage of pastures.
12:00 – 14:30 > Application and commissioning of a grass cover.
16.00 – 19.00 > Roof finishing systems with various techniques. (Anthony Gandano)
Thursday, April 21, 2022
09:30 – 11:30 > pending questions, and other doubts in progress.
- FOOD and ACCOMMODATION (Included)
– Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided each day.
> Please specify on the registration form if you are a vegetarian or carnivore, or if you have any dietary restrictions.
– There are large camping tents, kitchen, showers and dry toilets.
> Please specify in the registration form if you prefer accommodation in large shared tents or if you can bring your own tent.
- PLACE and directions
Alcantarilha, Silves, Algarve, Portugal
Exact address and directions on how to get there given with the registration.
- WHAT TO BRING
– Boots, trousers, long-sleeved shirt and strong work gloves (harvest)
– Closed footwear (NOT sandals) and thin gloves (course)
– Sunhat (essential)
– Water bottle
– Penknife (if possible with plyers)
– Camping equipment
– Notepad and pen/pencil
- INSCRIPTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION
EMAIL > firstname.lastname@example.org
TELEPHONE > +34 628020350 Jonathan
To reserve your place please click on the link below to fill out a simple questionnaire that will help us assess whether the course is really for you.
Then we will send you the registration form that should be filled out and sent with the proof of the first payment
For more information or questions please do not hesitate to ask us!
Thank you very much and see you soon!