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Grindbygg - Norwegian 'Trestle Frame' Timber Framing

Course Overview

Did the Vikings build timber frames? Yes, as a matter of fact, they did. Join a 3,000-year-old tradition and take up your tools to try Grindbygg-style timber-framing. It's the oldest construction method known in Norway, and archeological evidence suggests the style was in common use in the Viking era (790-1066 AD). Up until the early 20th century, Grindbygg frames were common in western Norway as unheated outbuildings: barns, boathouses and storehouses. Recently there has been renewed interest in preserving this building technique and there are numerous builders in western Norway constructing Grindbygg frames, mostly for outbuildings and carports. The basic form of a Grindbygg frame is similar to many European and American timber frames: posts held together by tie beams and topped by wall plates supporting common rafters. Yet there are no mortises or tenons. The tie beam sits in a slot cut into the top of the post – a bridle joint. The “plate” sits on the tie beam and against the top of the post. All the bracing is let into the sides of the wall timbers and pegged. Braces are commonly made from naturally curved birch or root knees.

Course Details

Length: 6 Days