Thursday, September 16, 2010

Undercurrents set to launch latest film about Timber building

An 85minute film showing an innovative way of building low cost yet beautiful houses will be launched on September 21st.

Paul O’Connor, co-founder of Undercurrents, a media charity based in The Environment centre, Swansea, spent the Summer filming master woodsman Ben Law.

Ben Law shot to national fame following his appearance on Channel 4's Grand Designs programme. His self built house proved to be the most popular program of the series.

Within the new 90 minute film titled RoundWood Timber Framing, Ben Law presents the step-by-step design and build process for a locally sourced timber framed buildings.

Ben Law is arguably Britain's greatest living woodsman. He has inspired millions with his numerous TV appearances, training courses and lectures, and was most notably voted by viewers as having the Best Ever Build on Channel 4's Grand Designs programme with his Woodland House. Ben had a 10 year struggle to obtain planning permission to build a house in his own woods, made mainly out of materials from the woodland itself. His aim is to inspire and encourage people everywhere to build low impact, beautiful and natural roundwood buildings.

Film maker, Paul O’Connor of Undercurrents said
‘I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Summer than filming a beautiful structure being built by a man who is such an inspiring builder.The film has been the most enjoyable film I have ever made and the information ranges from woodland management to choosing timber to actually building with wood, straw and clay. We also filmed how to take your house off grid by using solar panels which is included as a bonus feature on the DVD.’

The DVD will be launched on September 21st in Hampshire inside the building featured in the DVD.

Notes to Editors
RoundWood Timber Framing DVD is available from or 01730 823 311

Photographs of Paul O’Connor and Ben Law are available from

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