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Have you ever looked at potters smiling from their booth at the farmers’ market and wondered: “what’s their deal?” Have you ever considered whose hands are behind the wooden chair you're sitting on? How about those fancy kitchen knives you admire? Cut the Craft is a podcast that brings stories of handcraft and its makers to you. Perhaps you are a craftsperson looking for a fresh perspective, or a newcomer to handmade things; no matter your starting point, your hosts Amy Umbel and Brien Beidl ...
 
The majority of homes currently being built are bad for the earth, the occupants and the builder’s health. Every fortnight, join Jeffrey Hart as he talks to designers, builders, makers, dreamers and doers. Exploring the wide world of sustainability in the built environment by talking to wonderful people who are doing excellent things. Whether you want to learn more about natural materials, are navigating your own self build, or just want to know that better alternatives are out there, this i ...
 
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Something a bit special for episode 50 of the Building Sustainability Podcast. This is a reciprocal episode with Amy Umbel and Brien Beidler from Cut The Craft Podcast - They came on Building Sustainability to talk about craft and give their delightful insights into some of the nuances within the area. In return I was a guest on their Cut the Craft…
 
Episode Recorded April 17, 2021. Woodworking enthusiast Roy Underhill sits down with us to share his experience teaching students and his belief that both hand skills and materials shape us in a profound way. Roy teaches students both in person, online, and for 37 years on the popular PBS television show “The Woodwright’s Shop.” Through those outle…
 
I'm delighted to bring you a conversation with Alex Geldenhuys of New Dawn Traders - When I organised this recording, I thought the focus would be on the climate benefits of sailing vessels over conventional shipping methods. I was delighted to learn of the much deeper level of good this project is doing. By investing in the small producers who are…
 
This is the second part of the wonderful series by Philippa Birch-Wood and Taleen Josefsson discussing routes into sustainable design. Philippa has just been named as a nominee for the Architects Journal Sustainability Champion 2021 - huge congratulations to her, so well deserved! https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/aj100-sustainability-champi…
 
Episode Recorded April 5th 2021. This episode is one half of a dual interview with Jeffrey Hart, aka Jeffrey the Natural Builder, of the Building Sustainability Podcast (link below). Be sure to check out his podcast to hear his interview of us, as well as a multitude of other great conversations with designers, builders, makers, dreamers and doers …
 
Recorded March 29, 2021. A staple to cabinetry work, Nancy Hiller sits down with us to illuminate the intricacies of different tuna fish sandwich recipes. Jokes aside, during the course of her woodworking career, Nancy has come to recognize the importance of efficiency in her business, and also how writing is part of what keeps her happy. In spite …
 
The last tiny house episode for a while! Today I'm talking to Philippa Battye, an architect, who designed and built her very unique tiny home. Her house has a collapsible roof and bolt on wings to give extra height and width to her living space. The effect is unlike any tiny house I've seen... spectacular! Take a peak at Philippa's Instagram to see…
 
For this bytesize episode, sustainable design consultants Philippa Birch-Wood and Taleen Josefsson discuss their education, what shaped their desire to be involved in sustainable architecture and the opportunities that were available to them during their education. The episode ends with some top tips for budding architects on how to bring sustainab…
 
Recorded March 23rd 2021. In this information-packed interview, Sweetgrass basket maker Corey Alston takes us through the history of basket making in Gullah culture. Corey relates how the tragic history of African enslavement is inextricably rooted to his story as a maker and how his work is directly influenced by Gullah culture. Harvesting his mat…
 
Emma Pile is a digital artist, based on the outskirts of London, specialising in theatre, exhibitions & events. Last year she built a lovely tiny home with a little help from her Dad. You can see her Tiny House here: https://www.instagram.com/emslittlegreen/ And check out her stunning digital design website: http://www.emmapile.net/ In the podcast …
 
Recorded March 8th 2021. Incredibly talented Bill Oyster guides us through the twists and turns of his path toward making bamboo fly-fishing rods. After realizing his love of crafting fly rods he quickly had a huge waitlist and took a deep dive into engraving them. Bill also elaborates on the history of fly-rod making, and his own love of participa…
 
This week I am incredibly excited to be joined by Bill Browning and Catie Ryan from Terrapin Bright Green to discuss biophilic design. Biophilic design is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. Used at…
 
In this bytesize episode Karen Ridgewell tells us about the joys and importance of fellowships within the sustainability world. Episode sponsored by: Beavercraft Wood Tools Beavervcraft wood carving tools are great value and ideal for beginners and hobby carvers. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability)…
 
Recorded February 22, 2021. Woodcarver Danielle Rose Byrd started out making things with anything she could get her hands on. Her ingenuity has continued to influence her work as she starts to include different materials into her practice. Danielle is particularly interested in conceptual woodworking and its interplay with function. She makes bowls…
 
This week I'm joined by Flora Arbuthnott from www.plantsandcolour.co.uk. Having met Flora a few years ago, I was keen for her to be a guest on the podcast. We discuss the many similarities between her practices of creating colour from plants and my practice of building homes, from plants. Flora also goes through the process of extracting some colou…
 
Flo Hamer talks to us about women in the workshop, drawing on her personal experiences. Flo was my guest on our most popular Building Sustainability episode - BS010 - Building a Tiny house https://www.buildingsustainabilitypodcast.com/building-a-tiny-house-flo-hamer/ It's a real pleasure to have her back! Links to badass women in workshops: Flo Ham…
 
Recorded February 15, 2021. Papermaker and book artist Radha Pandey gives us an in-depth view into the history of papermaking, starting in China, Korea and Japan, and it’s subsequent migration to India and Europe. She tells us why she’s so interested in our collective relationship with nature, and how her childhood fostered observation of the envir…
 
Martin Brown joins me to discuss how we can make regenerative buildings. We discuss Martin's 'Zoom Regenerative' which was alongside Building Sustainability in the ASBP 2021 Awards final. We also discuss The Living Building Challenge to find out what it is and how it works. Building Sustainability Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainab…
 
This is part 2 of Rowland Keable of Earth Building UK & Ireland (EBUKI) & Rammed Earth Consulting giving us a byte size delve into the magic that is clay. Clay truly is a magic material and it continues to surprise me all the time. This substance that sticks to the soles of our boots that the peasants used to build with.... Surely we can do better …
 
Recorded February 8, 2021. Studio potter Akira Satake shapes his story for us as he circled around creativity through a variety of life paths. He started his journey through photography and music but came to a breaking point that led him to pottery. Through ceramics, Akira is inspired by the collaboration between himself, clay and fire. Even when h…
 
Chris Magwood not only has a huge wealth of experience building straw bale homes, but has the building science Masters degree to back up his experience. We discuss how the built environment can go from being the worst offender for climate change, to every building being a carbon store, so actively reversing climate change. Links Chris Magwood websi…
 
Rowland Keable of Earth Building UK & Ireland (EBUKI) & Rammed Earth Consulting gives us a byte size delve into the magic that is clay. Clay truly is a magic material and it continues to surprise me all the time. This substance that sticks to the soles of our boots that the peasants used to build with.... Surely we can do better than that as a buil…
 
Recorded February 1, 2021. Book arts legend, Hedi Kyle, guides us through her career as a book conservator and her ground-breaking influence on the book art community. As well as her depth of experience, Hedi stresses the importance of learning the foundational techniques before breaking out into something new. And as time goes on she’s more free t…
 
I'm very pleased to welcome Wibbs Coulson of Mandukya Yoga back on the podcast. This time we are talking about breathing, and how you've probably been breathing wrong your entire life! I occasionally feature episodes on what I call the 'sustainability of self' - I see it again and again, that professionals in the sustainability profession burn out.…
 
Welcome to this first episode of Byte Size Building Sustainability.... BSBS? I have heard a lot that people sometimes find it hard to find a hour to listen to podcasts, so these byte size episodes will run to a maximum of 10 minutes. It means you can get a little nugget of sustainability ponderings from my wonderful guests. Being as it's the first …
 
Recorded January 18, 2021. Metalsmith Erica Moody introduces us to her first experiences with setting goals, financial stress, large projects and the behind the scenes effort that goes into building a business. In a moment of life’s intensity she pivoted toward her current style of work by coming around to her place as a maker in Maine. She special…
 
This week I am joined by Ben Kerslake from Carrington Lime. As well as a general geek out about lime, we mostly talk about how to solve damp problems in homes with some simple observation and materials choices. We discuss why the modern conventional approach of 'tanking' a building is usually fixing a symptom, rather than dealing with the problem. …
 
Recorded December 14, 2020. Designer/maker, Cody Nowell, guides us on her journey towards homecraft. Having a background in textiles, Cody landed her first job sewing sails for sailboats. The technical experience from that job has helped her explore a variety of goods, including leather bags, accessories, and even clothing. Cody also spends time ma…
 
Patreon support - https://www.patreon.com/buildingsustainability This episode I'm talking with Caz Ingall, who is a willow coffin weaver. We talk, not just of the process of weaving a vessel to bury a loved one, but a lot to do with the disconnection our modern culture has with death and the grief surrounding. About Caz: "I started working with wil…
 
Recorded December 7, 2020. Letterpress wizard and graphic designer Brad Vetter has a lot to say about his start in crafting designs with letter press, often towing the line between laser engraving and traditional letterpress technologies. From his humble beginnings as a copy boy, Brad has grown into a letterpress superstar with an impressive list o…
 
Today I'm talking with Alice and Gavin Munro from Full Grown about their exceptional work growing complete chairs from trees. So the normal procedure is to wait 50 years for a tree to grow, chop it down and begin cutting it into smaller and smaller parts. At some point the parts are small enough and you can now join them back together with glue to …
 
How can we do the work to look after the planet if we don't look after ourselves? This is the question we are asking Faye Blake of Live Intuitively in Building Sustainability Podcast BS39. Many in our industry burn out, because they are so focussed on doing the much needed work in advancing sustainability in the built environment that don't stop to…
 
A conversation recorded with Janna Laan Lomas, founding director and designer at Grain Architecture. In this episode we discuss the architecture industry's response to climate change. We also look at Janna's training and how she got into architecture and sustainability. You might also be interested to hear episode 37, also with Janna which focuses …
 
It's a Solstice/Christmas/New Year double episode with Grain Architecture's founding director and designer Janna Laan Lomas. In this episode we discuss the nuts and bolts of sustainable design from an architect's perspective. I also speak with Janna in episode 38, where we discuss her background and training, and the response from the architecture …
 
This week I'm joined by Clare Whitney from Clayworks for Building Sustainability Podcast BS36. Clayworks Clay plasters are unique blends of unfired clays mixed with minerals and pigments to provide healthy, breathable finishes for internal walls and ceilings. Manufactured in Cornwall from abundant raw materials, they are amongst the most sustainabl…
 
Recorded November 10, 2020. We decided to mix up this episode a bit for the holidays! This is a two-way interview, where we have a few questions for woodworker and teacher Thiago Endrigo, and he has a few for us! We covered a lot of ground including the variety of reasons one may get into handcraft, how “placing” oneself can happen through handwork…
 
Recorded December 3, 2020. This Side Projects starts with announcements from John C. Campbell Folk School and North House Folk School, and progresses into a collaboration with Ray Deftereos of Hand Tool Book Review podcast! Ray chose to share and provide context for a reading from John Ruskin of the Arts and Crafts movement. Many listeners are most…
 
Kiran Pereira is the author of the forthcoming book Sand Stories: Surprising truths about the global sand crisis and the quest for sustainable solutions. Kiran was raised in India where she witnessed the impacts of indiscriminate sand mining. Following her Master’s degree at King’s College, London, during which she explored this very topic, Kiran w…
 
Recorded October 1, 2020. Miriam Johnson is a London-based stone carver, mason, and sculptor. She chiseled herself a place in stone carving at age 17 and hasn’t looked back since. She has a diverse background in both architectural masonry and the artistry of stone carving, and brings both aspects into her work through private commissions and workin…
 
Part 2 of the 2 part episode in partnership with Earth Building United Kingdom and Ireland (EBUKI.co) We wanted to find out about the training available to those wanting to get into earth building in the UK and Ireland. All to often this information is provided from the trainers perspective and doesnt show the difficulties of getting into this indu…
 
Part 1 of a 2 part episode in partnership with Earth Building United Kingdom and Ireland (EBUKI.co) We wanted to find out about the training available to those wanting to get into earth building in the UK and Ireland. All to often this information is provided from the trainers perspective and doesnt show the difficulties of getting into this indust…
 
Recorded September 17, 2020. Weaver, spinner, and natural dyer Cassie Dickson guides us through her vast experience with fibers and textiles. Cassie mostly works with flax linen; growing, processing and using the flax plant, but also has maintained silkworms for many years. She was employed full time in the public school system for many years, whic…
 
I'm very pleased to welcome the podcast - builder, photographer, publisher, editor and blogger... Lloyd Kahn! Lloyd is the editor in chief at Shelter Publications, has now published eight books on building; this series is called The Shelter Library Of Building Books. Included are Home Work, the sequel to Shelter, Tiny Homes, and Lloyd’s favorite, B…
 
Recorded November 2, 2020. This Side Project starts with monthly announcements from John C. Campbell Folk School and North House Folk School. Amy then reads Chapter 2: The Workmanship of Risk and workmanship of Certainty, from The Nature and Art of Workmanship by David Pye. Amy and Brien share their viewpoints and experiences within craft and life …
 
Recorded September 12, 2020. Aimee Lee weaves many aspects into being a craftsperson: she’s an artist, writer, and papermaker. In this episode, she highlights important terms like hanji (Korean paper) and jiseung (Korean paper basketry), and shares some of their history and practice. She highlights how important her relationships are to plants, lan…
 
This episode we are talking with British folk singer, Jay McAllister AKA Beans on Toast. We began talking about "how the arts, music and storytelling could save the world from climate catastrophe." But, I think what came out of the conversation was that of hope, believing in people and celebrating the good in humanity. The conversation covers the r…
 
Recorded on September 3, 2020. In this episode, metalsmith Seth Gould hammers out the nuances of metalworking. Seth forges and hand-files his work rather than sanding it, and is intrigued by the idea of “perceived precision.” Seth is inspired by his travels in Europe and Japan and has learned various techniques from both traditions. Be prepared to …
 
Recorded October 10, 2020. For Side Projects 3, Brien finally convinces Amy to share her article "A Sense of Place," which was published in Issue 8 of Mortise and Tenon Magazine. In it, Amy discusses some of the nuances of inspiration versus appropriation, as well as the joys of exploring the resources that await right outside your door. Amy and Br…
 
Recorded August 27, 2020. In this episode, founder of Beam Paints Anong Beam illustrates her journey into paint making. Anong shares her childhood observation of her artistic parents, her formal art education, and how owning an art supply store guided her into becoming a paint maker. She teaches us how to start making paint, safety issues not often…
 
Recorded August 13, 2020. Glassblower/Painter/Crafting the Future Co-Founder Corey Pemberton walks us through the steps involved in blowing glass as he shares how he entered into the world of glassblowing and how it differs from other mediums. Corey also speaks about his interest in a diversity of crafts and how that knowledge is something he appli…
 
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