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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 US, where he moved in 2006. Gerald has taught timber framing at TFGuild events in Poland, Vermont and Texas, as well as for the Virginia Military Institute. Together with his Minnesotan wife he has recently settled in Duluth.

Current Courses Offered by Gerald David

6 Days
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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…
Tue, Aug 22nd, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 27th, 2017
Instructor: Gerald David
8 days
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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…
Wed, May 9th, 2018  –  Wed, May 16th, 2018