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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames

Course Overview

This course offers students the opportunity to immerse fully in the craft of timber framing by building a larger and/or a custom-designed timber frame structure. Whether creating a getaway cabin, woodshop or retirement home, the beauty and durability of a timber frame structure offers a unique opportunity to literally build your own home. To participate in this course, students select from a list of stock full-sized frames or custom design a building to meet their individual needs. To make the larger projects possible, students also recruit a group of assistants who journey to North House together to participate in the project. Interested students will consult with the instructor to determine scheduling and project timeline. During the first days of class, participants engage in lessons on timber frame terminology, joinery and layout. Working together, the group of family or friends actively cut timbers for the structure every day. Ultimately, students complete all or most of the joinery on the structure and develop timber framing skills that will last a lifetime. Near the completion of the course, a raising rehearsal demonstrates pre-assembly and raising techniques. Students may choose from a variety of base/stock frame of different sizes or may develop their own custom frame. Every project includes a complete set of timber frame plans. The plan set includes 3-D and 2-D views of the frame, detailed drawings with a 3-D view of each timber as well as a timber list. Tuition and course length varies depending on frame and group size (minimum six participants).

Separate tuition payment & cancellation policies apply to this course. 

  • 16’x24’ with loft – approx. $14,000
  • 28’x24’ with loft – approx. $20,500
  • custom frames – tuition and design fees vary based on project


Tue, Aug 7th, 2018  –  Thu, Aug 16th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 10 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: na
Registration Cost: $9,750.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies By Size (see course description)


You will need the following tools for this class:

Each participant ideally needs:
* 1 1/2 inch Chisel: you will need a chisel with at least a 5” blade. The Stanley "Contractor Grade" and Buck Brothers are less expensive options.  Woodcraft and  Sorby make good framing chisels, but make sure they measure exactly 1 1/2".  The Barr chisel is an excellent tool and is available at the North House School Store for $127.  (Call 888-387-9762 to reserve your tool)
*Wood mallet: with a  wood handled chisel you will want a 20­40 oz. mallet with wood, plastic or  rawhide head. (Also available @ North House School Store).
*ear and eye protection

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.

Waiting List

The course Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames Tue, Aug 7th, 2018  –  Thu, Aug 16th, 2018 is full.

Fill out the form below if you would like to be placed on a waiting list and notified if an opening becomes available. Full course details included above