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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

5 Days
Teaser image for Basic Timber Framing

Basic Timber Framing

Learn the planning, layout and joinery necessary to construct a traditional timber frame (post and beam) structure, such as North House's blacksmith shop, bread oven shelter, fish house classroom, and other structures around campus. The course begins with the basic mortise and tenon joint, and then expands on these techniques…
Wed, Apr 24th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 28th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy
Wed, Aug 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 18th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy
Wed, Sep 4th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructors: Tom Healy, 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 the sawhorse, as it is one of the most important tools a timber framer or woodworker has in the workshop. Der Zimmererbock is the traditional version of a sawhorse used and taught throughout Germany, where instructor Gerald David did his training in the timber framing.…
Fri, Dec 13th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 15th, 2019
9am-5pm
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
9am-5pm
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 some timbers…
Mon, May 13th, 2019  –  Tue, May 21st, 2019
9am-5pm
2 Days
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Service Learning Project: Sturdy Stackable Sawhorses

Sawhorses are an essential shop resource, and a well-built set will last for years. Help North House prepare for the next decade by building a set of sturdy horses for the shop in this two-day class, ideal for beginners or intermediate woodworkers. Students will create a layout on a sheet…
Thu, Apr 18th, 2019  –  Fri, Apr 19th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gerald David

Past Courses Offered by Gerald David

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames