Build your own timber frame with Anderson TimberWorks! Recruit a team and together, we will design a small timber frame that we will cut and raise during a five- to seven-day workshop. No previous experience is required.
Anderson TimberWorks will source the materials that you will need. We will also arrange deliveries, and provide the plans and some loaner tools. Meanwhile, you will provide the location, site preparation, and basic raising materials such as planking and poles, as well as your passion for traditional craftsmanship.
Our timber framing classes are available only once to thrice a year. This is because, in order to source the right materials, we need to confirm the design and approach a couple of months before the workshop.
Depending on the size of the frame, the price of our classes range from $3,000 to $6,000. To book a time slot, we require a $500 deposit.
This class is designed to build the skills and confidence needed to tackle a small building. No experience required, we will cover safe work practices and teach proper operation of hand and power tools. The class focuses on traditional building methods supplemented with modern tooling. We employ square rule methodology to layout timbers. Then, we cut, and raise a small timber frame structure using traditional tools.
No experience needed. We supply the community tooling, instruction, and material. Along with your positive attitude, willingness to learn, you will need to bring the following:
- 1 1/2” Framing Chisel (long handle)
- Layout Tape (16’ Minimum)
- Framing Square
- Marking Pencil
- Foul Weather Clothing
- Leather Shoes
- Safety Glasses
If you need help in sourcing tooling or would like to arrange for loaner tooling, contact Jon at Anderson TimberWorks.
During the class we will layout timbers using the Square Rule method, cut mortises, tenons, knee braces, and rafters. We will assemble and test fit the structure and use the draw boring technique to pull things together. On the final class day, we raise the structure and introduce lifting shears, gin poles, and safe raising practices. The class will cover the following topics in detail:
- TF Terms
- Tools (Hand & Power)
- Square Rule Layout
- Timber List
- Layout & Shop Standards
- Sharpening (Chisel and Auger Bit)
- Measuring and Checking Techniques
- Making Pegs
- Draw boring
- Shaving Horse
- Raising & Rigging
- TF Design
- TF Beam Loading (FF Beam Calculator)
- Google Sketchup & TF Extensions
- Reference Document Review
On Friday or Saturday night, if the weather is good we might burn a little wood and have a little pot-luck BBQ, beer, and brats.