Learn and practice the art of timber framing! This two week intensive will cover the fundamentals of designing and constructing a post and beam structure using mortise and tenon joinery.
Students in this immersive, hands-on course will join in all aspects of timber frame construction while building a traditional timber frame structure that will be used as an outdoor classroom on campus.
We will begin with introductions both to timber framing as a craft, and to your fellow students who will be working together to cut the class project frame. We will then move into an introduction to design in which students will discuss joinery, timber dimensions and general structural considerations.
The second portion of the class will be centered around hands-on work and demonstrations. The instructors will demonstrate Square Rule layout; how to efficiently use hand saws, chisels, and other tools; how to cut a mortise and a tenon; how to sharpen tools; how to lay out rafters; and more. Students will work from shop drawings to build a mid-sized frame using a combination of traditional and modern techniques for laying out timbers, cutting joinery and raising the structure.
Finally, students will be introduced to the basics of traditional half-dovetail log building techniques including hewing timbers, laying out joinery, and constructing the outdoor classroom.
Level: Beginner – Intermediate.
This class is for anyone who is interested in the building craft of timber framing. All students, no matter what skill level they bring to the class, will participate actively in the cutting and erecting of a timber frame project. In the past our students have included professional builders who want to shift their careers into timber frame building, architects and designers, owner-builders and hobby woodworkers who want to build a modest timber frame structure for themselves, as well as potential timber frame homeowners who want an intimate education in the art of timber framing.