Shelter Institute – 10 hour Online Timber Framing Course
- Learn At Your Own Pace – Didn’t quite understand something the first time? No problem, watch it as many times as you need to. Something came up at work or home? Take your time, this course isn’t going anywhere!
- After completing this course, you will go from knowing nearly nothing about timber framing to becoming confident and competent enough to build your own timber frame structure.
- They taught this cours in-person over 250 times since 1974 and they are excited to finally take advantage of modern-day technology to make timber framing even more accessible to everyone!
- On the fence? They’ve handpicked over an hour of content from their Timber Framing Online Course, and created this FREE Mini Course that will walk you through everything you need to know to cut a Thru Tenon (an essential part of timber frame joinery!)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ONLINE COURSE
- Alstead, New Hampshire, USA
- Email: [email protected]
- Visit them online at http://www.heartwoodschool.com
Year of the Mud – Timber Frame Workshops
The Year of Mud offers high quality hands-on natural building workshops, including straw bale construction, cob building, and timber framing. Our Timber Frame Workshops are focused on equipping students with valuable and timeless hand tool experience, and demonstrating the important connections between framing and natural wall systems. The Year of Mud teams up with experienced instructors to offer classes covering everything from square rule layout to roundwood timber framing, and we pride ourselves in crafting a memorable experience that students will greatly cherish.
- Email Ziggy at eva[email protected]
- South Slope Farm outside of Berea, Kentucky, USA
- Visit them online – The Year of Mud: Timber Frame Workshops
Yestermorrow Design/Build School
Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, Vermont offers over 150 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft including a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design and green building. Operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1980, Yestermorrow is one of the only design/build schools in the country, teaching both design and construction skills. Our 1-day to 3-week hands-on courses are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country.
- Luke Cady
- Waitsfield, Vermont, USA
- [email protected]
- Visit them at https://yestermorrow.org/
EcoNest School of Natural Building
founded in 1996 by Robert Laporte and Paula Baker-Laporte has evolved a unique and proven training system. Graduate professional builders and owner-builders have successfully built EcoNest homes throughout North America.
Our Timber Framing Workshops gives you hands-on experience in timber framing – a true craft. http://www.youtube.com/
In this five-day workshop, you will review the history of timber framing and contemporary practices used to build modern timber frame homes. Students will learn the basic principles of crafting a timber frame and will develop the following skills:
- Wood selection: Learn how to chose the right timber in the correct orientation to transform a tree into a structural member of a home
- Shop drawings: Make sense of complex shop drawings by learning to understand the details and dimension lines necessary to producing accurate work
- Layout: Learn how to take information from drawings and accurately and efficiently transfer them to the timbers before cutting.
- Joinery: Learn to precisely cut mortise and tenon joinery with hand and power tools.
- Sharpening: Using Japanese water stones, gain proficiency in giving your chisels, slicks and planes a supreme cutting edge.
- Assembly: Learn to mate joints with wooden pegs and assemble timbers into bents and walls.
- Raising: Participate in the experience of erecting a timber frame and see your patient hand-work become a three-dimensional reality.
- Website: http://econest.com/
- Ashland, Oregon, USA
- Phone: tel: 541-488-9508
Adirondack Folk School
What defines Adirondack Folk School (AFS) is its commitment to teaching and promulgating arts, crafts and skilled trades
unique to the Adirondacks. The work of AFS preserves the distinctive cultural heritage of the region, instills self-reliance,
and promotes community as well as ecological sustainability. The sense of wonder that hundreds of AFS student-artisans
and tradespeople experience at the school is palpable, and no less valuable than their extraordinary work, hand-made to
last for generations.
The AFS Timber Framing class series ranks among the school’s most popular and enduring offerings. It includes
introductory work in Trestle Ponies and Custom Mailbox construction to more advanced work making the Adirondack
Woodshed and Adirondack Cabin, during which students also learn about raising techniques, roofing, siding and
different types of foundations.
- Email: [email protected]
- Lake Luzerne, New York, USA
- Phone: (518) 696-2400
- Fax: (518) 696-2409
- Website: www.adirondackfolkschool.org
North House Folk School
Examples of timber framing courses include:
– Basic Timber Framing
– Build Your Own Large or Small Timber Frame
– Grindbygg – Norwegian ‘Trestle Frame’ Timber Framing
– Build Timbered Sawhorse Trestles
North House Folk School is a small educational 503(c) non-profit organization on the shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota. We foster a non-competitive learning environment devoted to teaching traditional northern craft. We offer over 350 courses year round in everything from timber framing to woodworking, blacksmithing to fiber arts. Learn more and see a complete course schedule at www.northhouse.org.
- Grand Marais, Minnesota, USA
- [email protected]
The American College of the Building Arts
The American College of the Building Arts is the only college in the world to offer the four-year Bachelor in Applied Science in Building Arts (B.A.S.) degree. We also offer and Associates degree (A.A.S). Students major in the Building Arts and select one of the six areas of Craft Specialization in which to focus the work in a trade. Students select a Craft Specialization from the following to provide a focus for their craft education: Stone Carving, Architectural Carpentry, Forged Architectural Iron, Masonry, Plaster, and Timber Framing. The B.A.S. degree is designed to synthesize a traditional liberal arts degree with the Craft Specialization and training in the Building Arts. After completing the degree, students may seek employment within the fields of architecture, design, construction, and preservation, among others.
Students pursue a hybrid curriculum that embraces tradition without ignoring the present – a foot in the past to be able to go forward into the future. Trade classes are integrated with general education classes to the point where a debate about ironwork can happen in English class and research papers show up in the blacksmith’s shop. Borrowing from the real-world emphasis of European programs like the Compagnon du Devoir in France, ACBA has developed a world-class internship program that has sent students abroad to work on castles and cathedrals.
Timber Framing Overview: At ACBA, the carpentry and timber framing programs are combined for the first two years due to the commonality of material, joinery, and most of the tools used in the two trades. The first part of the curriculum covers the basics of hand tools, wood science, and shop safety. Students will learn how to properly use, maintain, and sharpen any tools, from hand tools to portable electric tools as well as all stationary equipment commonly used in carpentry and timber framing shops.
Through a series of small projects, students will be introduced to stick framing as well as mill rule layout, the most basic and modern approach to timber framing. Through these projects, they will learn how to layout and cut the joinery typically used in carpentry and timber framing. Students then learn the principles of laying out, cutting, and assembling straight and winder staircases, and progress into the introduction of sophisticated spiral staircases. Senior students are required to produce a “capstone” project prior to graduation. This project is meant to be representative of at least one aspect of their broad education. This process often requires extensive research, design, and estimating work, as well as the time and labor involved in creating an actual finished product. Projects range from elegant and complex scaled models to smaller full-scale installations for local clients.
- Charleston, South Carolina, USA
- (843) 266-7835
School of Practical Stereotomy – École Pratique de Stéréotomie
The Professional School of Practical Stereotomy is a small private professional school, unique in the English speaking world, where students are given experience in the application of the historic, time-tested techniques of practical stereotomy – L’Art du Trait. Stereotomy employs working drawings to design and construct structures both simple and complex. It is an empirically based method that has been used for millennia in the design and construction of European cathedrals, fortresses, castles, including historically classified UNESCO world heritage monuments such as the Chartres Cathedral. Students of practical stereotomy become knowledgeable through hands-on experience of a process which makes the most complex designs very manageable. In truth, the experience of this approach not only provides students with new skills and enhances those they already possess, but in fact transforms them in a more profound way. They begin not only to do things differently and think differently, but indeed to see differently. To see now what before they could not see. The result of this experience is that students are now able to undertake with confidence projects they previously found intimidating or too complex to attempt.
Online courses : http://www.shop.historicalcarpentry.com/Art-du-Trait-courses_c2.htm
Workshop courses: http://www.historicalcarpentry.com/courses.html
Professor, Carpenter, and Consultant
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
website – www.historicalcarpentry.com
A large percentage of Timber Frames utilize Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) as the preferred method of enclosure. SIPschool provides classroom and hands-on instruction to individuals and businesses that seek SIP industry recognized training.
Established in 2006 by SIP industry veteran Al Cobb, the school’s instructors have many years and hundreds of timber frames worth of experience. Most importantly, the school is not affiliated with any manufacturer and maintains an impartial and unbiased view on various types of panels and variations in details and techniques.
Consider SIPschool if you’re looking for dedicated SIP training and how it can enhance your timber frame or timber frame business. Learn more about SIPschool at www.sipschool.org.
Spring 2016 – April 21-22, 2016 SIPs 202 Two Day Installation Workshop
Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia, USA
Contact [email protected] for more information.
Island School of Building Arts
For 24 years, the Island School of Building Arts (ISBA) has been training students from around the world in the art and craft of working with big wood in both timber and log form. Located in the spectacular Gulf Islands off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, ISBA provides students the opportunity to immerse themselves in their learning while surrounded by nature.
ISBA offers four-week courses in Timber Frame Post and Beam, Timber Frame Hammer Bents and Log Building in both the Spring and Fall session. Curriculum is based on a centerline layout approach, ISBA supplies all tools and final course projects are a full-sized timber frame or log cabin. Each term, we offer two affordable workshops in SketchUp for Timber Framers, allowing students to explore TF design on a personal level or add it to their toolbox and offer design components to employers and clients.
Instructor and author, James Mitchell, shares his passion for the craft, as well as over four decades of working with log and timber construction. Graduates from the ISBA Big Wood courses are highly regarded by industry in Canada, the US and across the globe.
Whether your goal is to build your own home, work in industry or simply to acknowledge your passion for working with log or timber joinery, ISBA will give you the skills and the knowledge to carry you on your journey.
For more information and course schedules, visit www.isba.ca or call the office at 250.247.8922.
- Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada
Do you offer a school or workshop and want to be on this list?…great! Just head to the contact page and drop us a line and we will get you added. – Brice
7 thoughts on “Timber Framing Schools and Workshops”
A great idea would be to put where each of these schools are located first thing. It ain’t a treasure map search to find one, but it’s a trek. And it’s the first thing folks wanta know, after how much does it cost.
Great idea. We will get to work on it.
Agreed. That was my first thought too!
Great suggestion. This would be extremely valuable….
This has been completed. Hope it is helpful to everyone.
I agree with Steve. Having the location of each school listed would be a very helpful time saver. Thank you for putting this list together.
Locations added. Thanks for the suggestion.