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Timber Framer's Guild Regional Gathering

Fri, Apr 27, 2018 - Sun, Apr 29, 2018
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Registration for this event is now CLOSED. 

Timbers to tenons, posts to purlins, pegs to pizza (wood-fired, that is!) We’re happy to announce the return of the Timber Framer’s Guild to the North House campus for a 2018 North-Central Regional Timber Frame Gathering. Scheduled April 27-28, 2018, timber framers of any and all levels and interest are invited to gather on the shores of Lake Superior at North House Folk School. 

The 2018 Timber Frame Gathering will be filled to overflowing with all things timber framing –workshops, storytelling, pre-gathering course offerings and abundant woodchips. The Gathering begins on Friday night with an Open House, tour of the North House timber framed campus buildings and film screening to kick things off. Saturday will feature speakers on topics including using Sketch Up, grant-based projects and Japanese-style framing. The afternoon will feature a variety of hands-on demonstrations, including sharpening, timber carving, blacksmithing, ax throwing and joint busting. The evening culminates with wood-fired pizza bake (BYO: Build Your Own!) and a group slide show. Sunday morning will include brunch and presentation. Your registration fee of $65 early bird rate (six plus weeks in advance) or $75 regular rate includes three meals (lunch, dinner and brunch) and participation in all seminars.

Families are welcome with an optional meal charge of $25 per person for Sat dinner and Sun brunch. Register for the guest pass here. Pre-event course opportunities require separate tuition and registration.


Friday, April 27

6:30pm     Check-in & Social Hour

7:00pm     Welcome to North House, Introductions
                  North House Campus Timber Frame Tour with Peter Henrikson

8:30pm     Film Screening:  Raise the Roof

Saturday, April 28
All sessions are open to registered participants and will be about one hour in length.

7:30am      Coffee’s on

8:00am      Incorporating Japanese Methods in the Design and Construction of American Timber Frames and Furniture with Clancy Ward

9:00am      Preserving Heritage with Bill Bruentrup, Friends of MN Barns and Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps

10:00am    SketchUp for Timber Framing with Clark Bremer

11:00am    Grant-Based Projects Roundtable Discussion with Mike Loeffler & Peter Henrikson: Grindbygg Building and others

12:00pm     Lunch provided

1-4pm         Hands on Demonstrations and Mini Courses 
                                   Timber Carving Demonstration with Jock Holmen
                                   Scribing Round-to-Round with Deane Hillbrand
                                   Blacksmithing Demonstration with Cody Myers
                                   Open Shop: Making Joints to Break with Joe Miller
                                   Ax Throwing with Gerald David

3:00pm     Sharpening Roundtable Discussion with Dennis Chilcote, Clancy Ward & Clark Bremer

3:30-5:30pm     Model Barn Raising with Bill Bruentrup and Gerald David

4:00-5:30pm     Joint Engineering and Busting with Joe Miller

5:30pm     Wood-fired Pizza Bake
There’s nothing like handmade pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven. We’ll provide tasty dough, sauce, cheese and one (really!) hot oven. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to roll your own: you won’t want to miss it. Bring a topping of your choice to share: we’ll create quite a smorgasbord of options. BYOB.

7:30pm     Evening Slide Show Series
Been doing something interesting? Bring your jump drive and share your work with the group. We’ll have a laptop and projector ready to go. Everyone is invited to share up to 10 slides and a few stories (5 minute max) in this informal setting. Sign-up in the office earlier in the day, just to keep things (slightly) organized. Please bring your pictures on a jump drive that will work in a pc.

Sunday, April 29

9:00am     Brunch and Conversation

10:00am   Timber Framer’s Guild Representative: What’s Next for the Guild

11:00am    Education in the Field: Veteran Voices on Pathways into the Trade
North House is proud to partner with the Timber Framers Guild to host this Regional Gathering. The Timber Framers Guild is a non-profit educational membership association dedicated to the craft of timber framing. Their mission is to advance timber framing through research, education, and industry. Additional information is available at

Course Offerings

Basic Timber Framing

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2018  –  Fri, Apr 27th, 2018
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy

Timber Carving & Embellishment

Space Available
Thu, Apr 26th, 2018  –  Fri, Apr 27th, 2018
Instructor: Jock Holmen

Sketching Up Your Timber Frame

Join Wait List
Sun, Apr 29th, 2018  –  Mon, Apr 30th, 2018
Instructor: Clark Bremer

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames

Join Wait List
Mon, Apr 30th, 2018  –  Tue, May 8th, 2018
Instructor: Tom Healy