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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames

Course Overview

Tired of unimaginative, small outbuilding kits available from your local lumberyard? Explore all the basic elements of timber frame construction and take home a hand-crafted building. More than 100 timber frame buildings have been built and raised throughout the country by North House students since 1997.

During the first days of class, participants engage in interspersed lessons on timber frame terminology, layout, and joinery. As the course progresses, each day prioritizes students actively cutting timbers for their structure.  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. All that's left is to load the timbers into a truck or trailer and then raise the frame at home.

The Build Your Own course emphasizes smaller timber frame structures that can be completed in a single session (for larger frames see Timber Frame: Build Your Own Larger Frames). Students may choose from a variety of different stock frames. Changes to the stock frames as well as custom small frames can be completed but this needs to be arranged in advance with the instructor. Tuition and course length varies depending on the frame selected. Students may work alone or with a partner on their frame for no additional charge. A partner is required for the sauna frame.

Tuition covers instruction and all materials, including timbers and pegs, as well as use of specialized timber framing tools. Traditional and modern tools will be used and/or demonstrated during the course. The frames listed below are often completed by individual students; however, working with a partner on the project is recommended for the larger projects. Plans are provided for all of the standard North House frames. Separate tuition payment & cancellation policies apply to this course. North House uses only certified sustainably harvested timbers.

** 10’x12’ - 7 days - $2,495
** 10’x16’ - 9 days - $3,175
** 13’x13’ Sauna - 9 days -$3,695 (one assistant required)


Mon, Apr 30th, 2018  –  Tue, May 8th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 9 days
Skill Levels: All Levels
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: na
Registration Cost: $2,495.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Mon, Mar 19th, 2018
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies by Size


You will need the following tools for this class:

*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

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.

Waiting List

This course is full.

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