July 26, 2007
Set in the bush clad hills above Totaranui Beach and Wainui Bay and surrounded by the Abel Tasman National Park, accommodation is in cottages of earth with views only eagles could dream of. This is about as close to nature as you could get. Established on 130 acres of private land featuring diverse native forest and outstanding scenery, there are several walks on the property. With the Abel Tasman National Park next door and its many spectacular beaches, The Bush- Walkers offers a perfect base for exploration and enjoyment.
August 24, 2006
This is a highly practical, spiritually enriching course, where participants put directly into practice in-situ what they learn theoretically. Teaching style is interactive, reflective, dynamic and fun. Each day includes classroom tutoring, outdoor practical activities, community building and self-directed study. The course includes the standard international two week Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum, spread in an integrated way over the full duration, culminating in a main design project, applied on Tui land. The main teachers are Tui Community resdents and international permaculture tutors, Robina McCurdy and Huckleberry Leonard. [Read more]
An artistic earth brick and timber eco-home situated on 2+ acres on the banks of the Waimea Estuary near Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand.
Te Kapowai is a well established lifesyle property comprising a beautifully handcrafted Adobe (earth brick) 4 bedroom home and three adjacent buildings, all situated on 2.25 elevated acres bordering the Waimea Estuary. The four buildings were all built within the past 11 years. All have double glazed windows with wool bloc thermal insulation in ceilings and timber clad walls.
December 29, 2005
A website aimed at creating a resource for builders and individuals wishing to use sustainable and ecological materials in house and building construction in New Zealand.
We are currently seeking contributors so please get in touch if this is an area that you have some interest or knowledge in.
January 10, 2005
At Timberworks our artisians create Crafted Timber Frames. Normally hidden, the Crafted Timber Frame is the structural framework and is made up of large timber posts, beams and rafters which are the major design feature, creating their own spacious ambience. Timbers are connected with hand-crafted mortise and tenon joinery which is fastened with hardwood pegs. Joinery is what most distinguishes the Crafted Timber Frames from other post-and-beam construction.
All work is carried out at our Ruby Bay workshop and can be transported and raised nationwide. We work with home builders throughout the planning and design stages, finding the very best way to incorporate Crafted Timber Frame into projects. We also provide a full design and engineering service for all of our work.
- Full frame (Residential homes & Public Buildings)
- Hybrid frame (partial Timber Frame i.e. great room, living room)
- Guest House/Cottages
- Outdoor Structures (Bridges & Archways)
- Custom Woodworking