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Peter Henrikson

Grand Marais, MN
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Peter settled in Grand Marais after a transient career of log building, basket making, timber bridge building, and teaching timber skills on public lands. He is now a professional timber framer and designer and has been teaching timber framing at North House since 1998. Peter has taught black ash basketry and paddle making courses, but now focuses on timber framing and spending time with his family (he's a man who's rich in daughters).

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Current Courses Offered by Peter Henrikson

5 Days
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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
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy
Wed, Aug 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 18th, 2019
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy
9 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…
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, Jul 16th, 2019  –  Thu, Jul 25th, 2019
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy
Wed, Aug 21st, 2019  –  Fri, Aug 30th, 2019
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy

Past Courses Offered by Peter Henrikson

Birch Bark Harvest Service Learning Project

Grindbygg - Norwegian 'Trestle Frame' Timber Framing

Stavlinebygg Phase 2: Joinery and Construction with Featured Guest Trond Oalann

Stavlinebygg Phase I: Hewing with Featured Guest Trond Oalann

Stavlinebygg: Traditional Norwegian Building Techniques with Featured Guest Trond Oalann

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames