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Build Thoreau's Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop

Course Overview

Pick up your hammer! This course is designed for students with little or no building experience who want to build a tiny home, small cabin or workshop. The techniques for building a small frame building are not only for the skilled carpenter; nearly anyone can come away from this course with the skills needed for building virtually any small structure. Jack studs to joists, fly rafters to d-edge, birds' mouths to top plates -- students will learn the use of basic hand and power tools, and develop knowledge of the materials and techniques used in frame or "stick" construction. Together, students will construct a 10' x 14' cabin based on Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" cabin, with an added sleeping loft. In addition to hands-on experience focused on framing and roofing, discussion on foundation options, siding, and window and door installation will be integrated into each day. The class begins by assessing strategies for leveling the building site, and the project goes up from there. Wall layout with door/window openings, sheathing techniques, roof pitch and ridge placement, roof systems that will keep water out – abundant hands-on experience defines every day. By the end of this class, your tool belt will do much more than simply improve your good looks. Once built, the Thoreau Cabin will be for sale to interested students at a set price (a raffle will take place on the final day if multiple students are interested).

Dates

Wed, Sep 20th, 2017  –  Sun, Sep 24th, 2017

Course Details

Length: 5 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $425.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Included

Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

framing hammer
25 ft tape measure
tool belt
framing square (also called rafter square) - L shaped
pencil
utility knife
speed square - triangle shaped, approx 8" per side
safety glasses (available for purchase @ North House School Store)
clothing to be outdoors

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.

Waiting List

This course is full.

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