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Log to Timber: Building by Hand

Course Overview

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 some timbers using a two-man pit-saw. During the second part of the course, students will use traditional layout methods and techniques to work with hand-hewn timber. Hand tools are most suited to cut the joinery in this environment, and students will have an opportunity to try out axes, chisels and beam drills. The result will be a 12-foot by 12-foot square pavilion with magnificent tool marks showing off its truly hand-crafted nature.

Course Details

Length: 9 Days