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Peter Henrikson

Grand Marais, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Peter Henrikson

Peter came to timber framing from a previous life of log building and building backcountry bridges on public lands. He is a professional timber framer and designer and has been teaching timber framing coursework at North House since 1998. A serendipitous encounter with a photo of a Grindbygg led to a 2012 trip to Norway to learn more about these amazing buildings. This interest has broadened to other Scandinavian timber frame styles and traditional ways of working dominated by the ax.

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Current Courses Offered by Peter Henrikson

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, Aug 12th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 16th, 2020
6 Days
Teaser image for Norwegian Timber Framing: Grindbygg Building

Norwegian Timber Framing: Grindbygg Building

Grindbygg is one of more than twenty timber frame styles in Norway. The design and joinery of grindbygg timber frames harkens back to the early days of post construction before the common usage of mortise and tenon joinery. While many aspects of grindbygg are similar to the post buildings of…
Tue, Jun 2nd, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 7th, 2020

Past Courses Offered by Peter Henrikson

Basic Timber Framing: Hand Tool Edition

Birch Bark Harvest Service Learning Project

Log to Timber: Building by Hand

Service Learning Project: Timbered 'Green' Entryway: Handcut Joinery

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 Smaller Frames

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Larger Frames