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Timber Framing Workshop


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Our Timber Framing Workshops give you hands-on experience in timber framing – a true craft. It offers you a unique opportunity to work with timbers as well as with others of like mind. For some, this experience could be a doorway into the rich world of wooden architecture and perhaps the beginnings of a career in timber framing. Regardless of your intent, the process of transforming a tree into one of the “bones” of a home is magical.

In this four to five-day workshop, you will review the history of timber framing and contemporary practices used to build modern timber frame homes. Students will learn the basic principles of crafting a timber frame and will develop the following skills:

Wood selection: Learn how to chose the right timber in the correct orientation to transform a tree into a structural member of a home

Shop drawings: Make sense of complex shop drawings by learning to understand the details and dimension lines necessary to producing accurate work

Layout: Learn how to take information from drawings and accurately and efficiently transfer them to the timbers before cutting.

Joinery: Learn to precisely cut mortise and tenon joinery with hand and power tools.

Sharpening: Using Japanese water stones, gain proficiency in giving your chisels, slicks and planes a supreme cutting edge.

Assembly: Learn to mate joints with wooden pegs and assemble timbers into bents and walls.

Raising: Participate in the experience of erecting a timber frame and see your patient hand-work become a three-dimensional reality.

The cost for the Timber Framing workshop is $800.

Please note: You will need to provide your own tools for this workshop, which typically cost between $300-$400. You will receive a detailed list of required tools upon registration.  Additional costs include your morning and evening meals and accommodation.

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