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5 Days
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Basic Timber Framing

Learn the planning, layout, and joinery necessary to construct a traditional timber frame (post and beam) structure, such as North House's blacksmith shop, bread oven shelter, fish house classroom, and other structures around campus. The course begins with the basic mortise and tenon joint, and then expands on these techniques…
Wed, Aug 12th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 16th, 2020
7 Days
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Cruck Framing

Cruck building is a Medieval English method of timber framing using pairs of large, curved timbers (cruck blades) that are joined at their apex to function as both post and principal rafter. The resulting Gothic arch creates a dramatic open hall space that is both structurally stable and visually appealing.…
Wed, Aug 5th, 2020  –  Tue, Aug 11th, 2020
Instructors: Jack Sobon, Neil Godden
7 Days
German-style Timber Frame

German-Style Timber Framing

Before Sketch Up and other CAD programs, timber framers brought a low-tech but highly-skilled approach to layout. Techniques varied depending on geography: German, French, Japanese, and American methods all differ. Using the techniques he learned in German trade school, instructor Gerald David will lead students in the building of a…
Mon, Jul 27th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 2nd, 2020
Instructor: Gerald David
9 Days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own Smaller Frames

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…
Tue, Aug 25th, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 3rd, 2020
Instructor: Gerald David