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Log to Timber Building By Hand

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Course Overview

This course takes us back to a time when the building process was mostly human powered. Starting with a stack of freshly cut logs we will use a combination of felling axes and broad axes to make square timbers. For the smaller scantlings (smaller cross-sectioned timbers) we will re-saw some timbers using a two-person pit saw. During the second part of the course, students will use traditional layout methods and techniques to work with hand-hewn timbers. Hand tools are most suited to cut the joinery in this environment, and students will have an opportunity to try out axes, chisels, and beam drills. The result will be a 12’ by 12’ square pavilion with magnificent tool marks showing off its truly hand-crafted nature. Note, this is a physically intensive class. Approximately half of our time will be spent processing materials using hand tools. This will make for consecutive days of physical repetition. Moderate physical fitness is highly recommended.

Required Tools

  • Carpenter's pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • Clothing appropriate to work outdoors in fall weather- raincoats, sweaters, sunscreen, etc.


Wed, Oct 11th, 2023  –  Thu, Oct 19th, 2023

This course has been cancelled. We offer our deepest apologies.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $900.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Gerald David
Gerald David
Duluth, MN

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mike Loeffler
Mike Loeffler
Grand Marais, MN

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Log to Timber Building By Hand