Practical Clay Plastering Course – Inverness

Subsidised price only £200 – places are limited – book early

Come and join us on this exciting practical clay plastering course in Muir of Ord, Scotland! We are working with self-builders Lyn McLardy and Ian Stapleton who have now got the house ready for us to clay plaster inside. SNaB has already run training courses to help with the car tyre foundations and straw walls.

The course will cover practical aspects of clay plastering, including:

  • How to make and apply slip/key coat
  • How to make and apply body coat
  • Making walls straight
  • Dealing with imperfections
  • Creating curved reveals and much more!

Barbara Jones will be your trainer. Barbara set up the School of Natural Building with her business partner Eileen in 2014 and has been teaching on-site for over 20 years. She has lots of experience of strawbale building as well as plastering and many other skills! She will ensure course participants have a wonderful learning experience.

Course dates: 22 – 26 April 2022

Location: Muir of Ord (near Inverness), Scotland

Cost: £200 for 5-day course. Refreshments included

Times: We will work from 8:45 – 17:00 each day

Food: Refreshments are included in the price but please bring your own lunch

Accommodation: You will need to find your own accommodation

To Book: Please email to confirm a place and send your payment as soon as possible as our courses fill up quickly and we operate on a first come first served basis. We will then send you further details.

Payment should be made by BACs as detailed here:

Nat West Bank

Sort Code: 60-09-27

Account Number: 79606113

Please use reference: Clay at Muir


Or can be made by PayPal here. Please click ‘Send’, enter the £200 fee, and write the reference ‘Clay at Muir’ in the notes box.


Or can be made by cheque made payable to School of Natural Building and sent to:

Hollinroyd Farm, Todmorden, OL14 8RJ


The Bigger Picture!

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING WITH YOU (if you have them, we can provide them if not)

  • Stout work boots, steel toe-cap if possible
  • Work clothes and waterproofs (that you don’t mind getting mucky) to keep you warm and dry
  • Work gloves and 2 pairs of heavy duty marigold gloves
  • A pair of wrap round safety glasses
  • Paper and pencil
  • Water bottle

And if you have them, but not essential:

  • Any plastering tools you might have
  • Tape measure
  • Claw hammer
  • Sharp knife e.g. Stanley knife 
  • Hand saw
  • Knee pads or trousers with integral knee pads