Timber Frame Workshop

July 24, 2016 - 9:00am to July 30, 2016 - 9:00am

Click to register on The Year of Mud website (just down the road from the Clear Creek SchoolHouse)

Join The Year of Mud this summer for a 7 day Timber Frame Workshop, where students will get hands-on experience learning how to lay out, join, and raise a beautiful timber frame structure. This is a great opportunity for people with limited carpentry or timber framing experience who want to increase their proficiency with hand tools to create beautiful timber structures, using the same techniques our ancestors have used for generations to build sturdy barns and long-lived homes. You don't need any previous experience to participate and enjoy this course.

Students will spend 7 days learning the historic craft of timber frame construction using mortise and tenon joinery. This is definitely a hands-on affair, with all instruction occurring on the worksite itself.  Some (but not all) of the things you should expect to learn firsthand include:

  • How to select material
  • Layout using the square rule method
  • Safe hand tool use for cutting joinery, including a range of tools (hand saws, chisel and mallet, hand plane, axe, boring machine, slick etc.)
  • Fitting and assembling a timber frame
  • Frame raising techniques
  • Hand tool restoration and sharpening (including restoring old tools so they work like new again)
  • How timber framing relates to other natural materials, including straw bale and clay construction

Ziggy, Jacob, April, and Kayla will be hosting this workshop at their new homestead just down the road from the Clear Creek Schoolhouse. Be sure to get all the workshop details and registration information at The Year of Mud website.