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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, Sep 5th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 9th, 2018
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy
Wed, Apr 24th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 28th, 2019
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy
Wed, Aug 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 18th, 2019
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy
3 Days
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Building a Traditional Norwegian Storage Building: Birch Bark and Sod Roof

Since at least 300 AD, the birch bark and sod roof has been the most important roof type in Scandinavia for heated homes. The sod both insulates and protects the waterproof bark layer from sunlight and wind. This combination can last 50-70 years before the birch bark needs replacing. The…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Wed, Jun 26th, 2019
Instructor: Trond Oalaan
10 Days
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Building a Traditional Norwegian Storage Building: Constructing the Skjelter

The Norwegian countryside is scattered with eye-catching wooden structures with sod roofs, steeped in the history of families making their living in the beautiful but harsh landscape. Reaching back centuries, each structure was designed and constructed for a specific purpose: storing grain, livestock, textiles, or even serving as the wedding…
Tue, Jun 11th, 2019  –  Thu, Jun 20th, 2019
Instructor: Trond Oalaan
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 for lay-out varied depending on geography: German methods, French methods, Japanese methods and American methods all differ. Using the method he learned in German trade school, instructor Gerald David will lead…
Sat, Jul 27th, 2019  –  Fri, Aug 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Gerald David
9 days
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Log to Timber: Building by Hand

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…
Mon, May 13th, 2019  –  Tue, May 21st, 2019
3½ Days
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Outdoor Timbered Benches

A sturdy, timbered outdoor bench will invite years of use and is perfect for long conversations, a short break from walking or simply watching the world go by. This unique bench design borrows joinery common to timber-frame construction and utilizes rough cut, sustainably harvested white pine timbers. It’s beautiful, comfortable…
Thu, Mar 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 17th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Thu, Jun 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 9th, 2019
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
2 days
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Timber Frame Engineering: An Introduction

Even the most simple timber frame structures require careful attention to basic engineering principles. Gain insight into how to design like a timber-framer but think like an engineer in this introductory course. Starting with a basic overview of how to determine the forces one can expect a traditional timber frame…
Fri, Mar 29th, 2019  –  Sat, Mar 30th, 2019
Instructor: Joe Miller
6 Days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style

This course offers students the opportunity to immerse fully in the craft of Norwegian timber framing by building a custom-designed structure in the Grindbygg style. Whether creating a woodshed, carport, getaway cabin, woodshop or retirement home, the unique beauty and durability of a Grindbygg structure offers a unique opportunity to…
Tue, Oct 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 14th, 2018
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
10 Days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames

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…
Tue, Feb 19th, 2019  –  Thu, Feb 28th, 2019
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
2½ Days
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Timbered Sawhorse Trestles

Whether they are built for the workshop or used to support a tabletop or workbench, timbered sawhorse trestles are reliable, sturdy and reflective of the craftsmanship that goes into timber framing. During this course, you'll focus on the layout and cutting of the mortise and tenon joints needed to create…
Fri, Jan 18th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 20th, 2019
Instructor: Clark Bremer