Women’s Carpentry Course

This popular introductory course is for women who feel they lack the carpentry that invariably belongs to all building projects, provides participants with a thorough grounding in essential carpentry techniques.

Over the five days of this course you will be led through all processes involved in constructing a building, from sub flooring to roofing, working on a small timber framed structure. No experience necessary. The course is for women only.

Course Dates

2nd – 6th [FULLY BOOKED – Waiting List]

23rd – 27th [FULLY BOOKED – Waiting List]

1st – 5th

15th – 19th

5th – 9th

19th – 23rd


If the course date is fully booked you can join a waiting list by filling out this form:

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What you will learn

You will learn through practice how to construct:

  • a sub floor
  • stud wall
  • windows and door frames
  • roof structure
  • hang a door
  • put in windows
  • lay a floor
  • clad the structure
  • applying roof material

The course will also include:

  • theory on how the parts of this structure would relate to other structures, for example straw bale, earth and stone buildings.
  • working with power tools: i.e. circular saws, chop saws and jig saws
  • hand tools and their maintenance
  • making a cutting list and pricing up your project

Natural Building

The natural building aspect of this course is in regards to the knowledge of your tutor in natural building techniques and that we use green local rough sawn timber. We will go through natural building details in theory sessions only. The work itself is standard carpentry, exactly what you also need, but often not taught, in the natural building world. About 50% of natural builders are women, and many do not have any carpentry skills – a frustrating limitation to a crafts-woman. This course is about changing that.

If you are not a natural builder, you are very welcome too!

For the course you are asked to wear suitable work clothes and steel toe caps shoes/boots (not wellies) and ear protectors. Fingerless work gloves and a tool belt is recommended.
You are also asked to bring your own cordless combo screw driver/drill and some hand tools which will be detailed in the information letter you receive as you sign up. Please don’t bring impact drivers. If you have any questions regarding the above, please get in touch.

Course  Instructor

Sara Tommerup: Sara is a natural builder and carpenter with a broad range of experience within the different natural building techniques spanning earth, straw, stone, wood and lime. Sara has learnt from many different natural builders around the world. She also holds a Msc in Architecture.


Courses are held at Coed Talylan – a 70 acre woodland on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons. Nestled below the iron age hill fort of Garn Goch in the foothills of the Black Mountain it offers a secluded and peaceful location for our course participants.
Accommodation is available for camping around our A-frame wooden cabin with kitchen and dining/living space. We have running spring water throughout the site, compost toilets and wash facilities.

All meals and refreshments are provided with much of the food grown organically at Coed Talylan.


Fees include tuition, handouts, material, food, refreshments and accommodation.

  • Up to 14K/year: £375
  • 14K-20K/year: £425
  • 20K upwards: £475

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding and rely on large amounts of voluntary input. Concessions are available for pensioners, unemployed and full-time students only.
See the Coed Talylan Terms and Conditions

Booking and Paying for your place

To book a place on the course contact us for a booking form or use the link below. Please note that we ask for a £75 non refundable deposit to secure your place on the course. The course requires a lot of initial material costs and planning. Therefore, the course fee must be paid in full 21 days before the course starts, and after this date we will not be able to refund you the course fee.


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