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Log to Timber: Building by Hand

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 timber. For the smaller scantlings (smaller cross-sectioned timbers) we will re-saw some timbers using a two-man pit-saw. During the second part of the course, students will use traditional layout methods and techniques to work with hand-hewn timber. 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-foot by 12-foot square pavilion with magnificent tool marks showing off its truly hand-crafted nature.


Mon, May 13th, 2019  –  Tue, May 21st, 2019

Course Details

Length: 9 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $765.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Mon, Apr 1st, 2019

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • carpenter's pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • clothing appropriate to work outdoors in spring weather- raincoats, sweaters, sunscreen, etc.

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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North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Mon, Apr 1st, 2019
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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.