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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
9am-5pm
5 Days
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Basic Timber Framing: Hand Tool Edition

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, May 13th, 2020  –  Sun, May 17th, 2020
9am-5pm
7 Days
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Cruck Framing

Cruck building is a Medieval English timber framing method 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. Working…
Wed, Aug 5th, 2020  –  Tue, Aug 11th, 2020
9am-5pm
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 methods, French methods, Japanese methods, and American methods all differ. Using the techniques he learned in German trade school, instructor Gerald David will lead students in…
Mon, Jul 27th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 2nd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gerald David
6 Days
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Norwegian Timber Framing: Grindbygg Building

Grindbygg is one of more than twenty timber frame styles in Norway. The design and joinery of grindbygg timber frames harkens back to the early days of post construction before the common usage of mortise and tenon joinery. While many aspects of grindbygg are similar to the post buildings of…
Tue, Jun 2nd, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 7th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
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,…
Thu, Apr 23rd, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 26th, 2020
Day 1: 5-8pm, Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
5 Days
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Service Learning Project: Norwegian-Style Timber Framed Grindbygg “Tents” for Campus

Help North House move beyond the white plastic tent by building small grindbygg structures for campus! Campus is often graced by a variety of beautiful timbered structures, but we have a particular need for several smaller “tent-sized” frames that are easy to put up and take down and can be…
Wed, Apr 8th, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 12th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
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Service Learning Project: Timbered 'Green' Entryway: Handcut Joinery

Sharpen your chisel and get out your auger bits — this Service Learning Project is for timber framing enthusiasts aspiring to polish up their hand skills working timbers. On the agenda: cutting timbers for new covered front entryways on the Green Building. Given the unique and highly visible location on…
Wed, Apr 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
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
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, Mar 13th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 15th, 2020
Day 1: 5pm-9pm Day2/3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Clark Bremer