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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

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
9 days
Teaser image for Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames

Tired of unimaginative, small outbuilding kits available from your local lumberyard? Explore all the basic elements of timber frame construction and take home a hand-crafted building. More than 100 timber frame buildings have been built and raised throughout the country by North House students since 1997.  During the first days…
Tue, Feb 19th, 2019  –  Wed, Feb 27th, 2019
Instructor: Gerald David
Sat, Aug 3rd, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 11th, 2019
Instructor: Tom Healy

Past Courses Offered by Gerald David

Basic Timber Framing

Der Zimmererbock, the German Sawhorse: Building with Hand Tools

Service Learning Project: Sturdy Stackable Sawhorses

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames