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International Workshop "Build Naturally" - 5 Days of Practice and Theory with Lut, Hemp and Straw in Richiș, Jud. Sibiu, Romania

The German master carpenter Christian Rummel, established for many years in Romania, invites you to a unique 5-day workshop dedicated to traditional building techniques with natural materials such as clay, hemp, straw and lime. The "Construim Natural" event will take place from 21-25 July in the picturesque village of Richiș in Sibiu county, Romania.

I first met Christian in 2019 at a Gutex wood fibre insulation workshop, organised by Naturalpaint in Cisnădioara. Since then, we have had the opportunity to meet again at various events in the construction field, such as nZEB Weekand visit some of his construction sites around the country. Christian is a passionate specialist with a wealth of experience in carpentry and restoration of monuments, about which we have written extensively. in a previous article.

The "Build Natural" workshop is open to students, craftsmen and architects eager to learn in a practical and future-oriented way. Participants will make several wall sections, about 12 compartments, which will be walled between beams, using traditional techniques with clay, hemp-vine and straw. High-quality clay will be extracted on site.

The participation fee is €250 per person, excluding accommodation and meals. However, the organisers encourage free camping on site, with a hot shower and outdoor toilet facilities. Participants can cook together outside to keep costs to a minimum. Information on accommodation and meal options from local suppliers is also available on request.

The evenings will harmoniously combine theory and fun. There will be presentations and in-depth discussions on the thermal properties of the walls, the dew point, comparisons between traditional and modern techniques. At the same time, the campfire and music will create the perfect setting for socialising and exchange of ideas and experiences between the trainees.

Alongside Christian Rummel, the event's trainers include Tobias Schönemann, a master carpenter, clay builder and music teacher with extensive experience, and Alexandru Constantin Postu, an expert in hemp insulation and a craftsman specialising in lime, hemp and clay.

The "Build Naturally" workshop is a unique opportunity for young professionals to learn both the theory and especially the practice of using environmentally friendly building materials such as clay, hemp, straw and lime. They will learn how these materials can be used effectively to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. The unique setting of the camp will also facilitate networking and exchange of experiences between participants.

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We encourage you to attend this "different" event organized by master carpenter Christian Rummel, a collaborative learning experience from which every learner benefits! Register at tel. 0040.767.742.327 to secure your place in this natural and sustainable building adventure.

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I've had the chance to work in various departments. Thus I gained experience in Finance, Accounting, Logistics, Sales, Operations, Marketing. I am a team player and an all around player. I am an entrepreneur, I coordinated the sale of a wood varnish and paint business to a multinational. In 2016 I discovered the digital world, publishing and online marketing. Since then I have moved my accumulated experience and skills online.

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