willow lohr's The Luib

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Build Project Description

The cottage sits remotely in the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. We are renovating the house on a wish and a prayer and every bit of our meager savings. My partner is a yurt maker and I am a wilderness livingskills/ bushcraft instructor. We are very hands-on people, but we need help in making the cottage habitable and creating a raised garden/pond and moving/building workshops/cabins and sheds. We love artistic/renovated/arty builds of any kind and would love your input and elbow grease.

Structure of My Build Project

Individual Builder (ie: Personal Home or Structure)

Building Styles Integrated

Local Materials
Round Wood
wood/timber framing

Sustainable Systems Integrated

Composting Toilets
Indoor plumbing
Heating system
Natural Furniture building

Build Project Facilities

Primitive, but getting better all the while as we push on.

Activities near the Build Project

Hill walking and exploring the wilds of Scotland. The Lecht Ski resort is just 3 miles away. You will also be able to come along on days when I am teaching bushcraft workshops or learn about yurt building or beekeeping.

What to Expect about Food

We will provide the food
Help-yourself breakfast and buffet style lunch or packed lunch. Real coffee, plenty of tea. Cooked dinner. Can accommodate vegetarians, but let us know if you have additional dietary needs.

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Projected Start and End Dates

1 Oct 2014 to 18 Dec 2014

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Type of Volunteer Being Looked for

People with creative skills able to fix and mend and experienced in using tools. (like hammers, screwdrivers, power tools, paintbrushes) Much of the work is physical; preparation, moving, digging, clearing, but building something lovely all the while. We need you to be able to cope with the weather and being outdoors and fairly primitive conditions. We would prefer people who can work with their own insight and be self motivated to express their artisan abilities. We have visions of a wildlife pond, a bee apiary with a bee house, a yurt, a cabin and whacky woodsheds. Oh yes, the house needs finishing too!

Where you will be Sleeping

Cabin or room

The Number of POOSHers Desired

2 POOSHers


scott robertson's picture

Looks great and love the yurt, bees and bushcraft story.
I lived I  Canary isles where a friend was making tipees.
Mabye a bit late in the season but are you still open to help?
maria gonzalez's picture

Hello! I am interested in coming along and giving a hand with your project. Are you working on it just now? I have some flexibility regarding dates. Please let me know if you need somebody for a few days in the near future.

Kind regards 

jacob rose's picture

Hi there, I was just reading a bout yurts last night and now I find your page ! 
I'd be really interested in coming to help out. I have experience with all those tools but I am no master. I am however creative and a really hard worker. I work 10 hour shifts in factories etc and have worked on farms before and worked with cob. 
Also, yurt making and bushcraft skills are an ESSENTIAL to my future and what I want to do. Even if you don't need me to poosh, perhaps I could come up and work for you or pay you to teach me some of those skills? 

I am touring England 2016 to learn about natural building and permaculture and bushcraft, for my land in bulgaria. It would be so great to poosh for you !!

Contact me on 07950525223