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Gerald David

Duluth, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Gerald David

Gerald has roots on both sides of the Atlantic: He was born and raised in Germany by an American mother and a German father. Upon completion of his apprenticeship as a Zimmermann he left his hometown of Aachen to live, travel and work for three years as a traditional journeyman on the ‘Wanderschaft’. This journey took him throughout Germany, Europe and the US where he moved in 2006. He now lives in Duluth with his Minnesotan wife.

Current Courses Offered by Gerald David

3 Days
Teaser image for Der Zimmererbock the German Sawhorse: Building with Hand Tools

Der Zimmererbock the German Sawhorse: Building with Hand Tools

There are many designs for saw horses, as they are one of the most important tools a timber framer or woodworker has in the workshop. Der zimmererbock is the traditional version of a saw horse used and taught throughout Germany where instructor Gerald David did his training in the timberframing. …
Fri, Nov 30th, 2018  –  Sun, Dec 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Gerald David
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 for lay-out varied depending on geography: German methods, French methods, Japanese methods and American methods all differ. Using the method he learned in German trade school, instructor Gerald David will lead…
Sat, Jul 27th, 2019  –  Fri, Aug 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Gerald David
9 days
Teaser image for Log to Timber: Building by Hand

Log to Timber: Building by Hand

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…
Mon, May 13th, 2019  –  Tue, May 21st, 2019
10 Days
Teaser image for Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames

This course offers students the opportunity to immerse fully in the craft of timber framing by building a larger and/or a custom-designed timber frame structure. Whether creating a getaway cabin, woodshop or retirement home or structure for your community or organization, the beauty and durability of a timber frame structure…
Tue, Feb 19th, 2019  –  Thu, Feb 28th, 2019

Past Courses Offered by Gerald David

Basic Timber Framing

Service Learning Project: Sturdy Stackable Sawhorses

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames