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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, Sep 6th, 2017  –  Sun, Sep 10th, 2017
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy
Mon, Apr 23rd, 2018  –  Fri, Apr 27th, 2018
Instructors: Peter Henrikson, Tom Healy
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
4 Days
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style

This course offers students the opportunity to immerse fully in the craft of Norwegian timber framing by building a custom-designed structure in the Grindbygg style. Whether creating a woodshed, carport, getaway cabin, woodshop or retirement home, the unique beauty and durability of a Grindbygg structure offers a unique opportunity to…
Tue, Aug 7th, 2018  –  Fri, Aug 10th, 2018
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
10 Days
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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, the beauty and durability of a timber frame structure offers a unique opportunity to literally build…
Tue, Aug 7th, 2018  –  Thu, Aug 16th, 2018
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
9 days
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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, Sep 26th, 2017  –  Thu, Oct 5th, 2017
Instructor: Peter Henrikson
Mon, Apr 30th, 2018  –  Tue, May 8th, 2018
Instructor: Tom Healy