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Gerald David

Duluth, MN
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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 U.S. where he moved in 2006. He now lives in Duluth with his Minnesotan wife.

Current Courses Offered by Gerald David

5 Days
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Basic Timber Framing: Hand Tool Edition

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, May 13th, 2020  –  Sun, May 17th, 2020
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 sawhorses, 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 timber framing. It is…
Fri, Dec 13th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 15th, 2019
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 varied depending on geography: German methods, French methods, Japanese methods, and American methods all differ. Using the techniques he learned in German trade school, instructor Gerald David will lead students in…
Mon, Jul 27th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 2nd, 2020
Instructor: Gerald David
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, Aug 25th, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 3rd, 2020
Instructor: Gerald David

Past Courses Offered by Gerald David

Basic Timber Framing

Log to Timber: Building by Hand

Service Learning Project: Sturdy Stackable Sawhorses

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames