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Cruck Framing

Course Overview

Cruck building is a Medieval English timber framing method using pairs of large, curved timbers (cruck blades) that are joined at their apex to function as both post and principal rafter. The resulting Gothic arch creates a dramatic open hall space that is both structurally stable and visually appealing. Working with these naturally curved components to create a plumb, square, and level structure can be challenging for the carpenter. So, while class will work from drawings, the actual shapes of the cruck blades will determine how they can be best framed as the work progresses. Using primarily the French plumb-line method, fitting these naturally curved components will use a combination of “square ruled” and “scribed” techniques. Students will also hew or saw the edges of crucks, collars, and braces to a graceful curve, split out Pins (pegs) with a froe to dress them on the shaving horse with a drawknife, and  culminate class with a hand-raising and a “topping out” ceremony.

Students should have some prior timber framing experience. At North House, Basic Timber Framing or German-Style Timber Framing would be good introductory courses to take before the Cruck Framing course.


Wed, Aug 5th, 2020  –  Tue, Aug 11th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 7 Days
Skill Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $665.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Wed, Jun 24th, 2020

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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* Early-Bird rate in effect until Wed, Jun 24th, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.