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Outdoor Timbered Benches

Course Overview

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 and highly durable. We should know: North House has built several benches in this style for our campus as well as for downtown Grand Marais. Over three and a half days, you’ll use professional timber framing equipment to construct a 4.5-foot bench, ready to be finished and located in a spot with a view. Due to the size of this project, students are highly encouraged to bring a partner at no extra cost.

Students should note that while this course welcomes participants of all levels, students should expect to utilize a variety of power tools and work with large timbers—thus, some woodworking experience is helpful but not required.

Course Details

Length: 3½ Days