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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’ by 12’ square pavilion with magnificent tool marks showing off its truly hand-crafted nature.


Wed, May 9th, 2018  –  Wed, May 16th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 9 days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $760.00


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.

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call the front office if you have not received it within 24 hours.