Timber Framing

View Syllabus

Over the last two decades, the historic craft of timber framing in residential construction has experienced a revival. Experience the fundamentals of designing and constructing a timber frame using mortise and tenon joinery. Students will learn layout techniques, tool use and sharpening, and joinery cutting methods as we work on a small timber frame project, culminating in a raising on the final day. Evening lectures will address the history of the craft, finishing techniques, and mechanical systems for timber frame houses. We will also cover frame design, joinery choices, and integration of frame and house design. This course will focus on traditional hand-cut joinery and tools and will also demonstrate some of the power tools used by modern timber framers.


June 6-12, 2021 course: This session of the Timber Framing course will take place at Knoll Farm. Staying at Knoll Farm is a rare and special treat. Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for meals and lodging as part of this experience. Single occupancy lodging is available in one of the yurts on the property for up to 9 people for Sunday-Friday nights. Check out is 9am on Saturday and linens are not provided. Please contact [email protected] if you'd like to add additional nights.

The course will start at 5pm on June 6 with a welcome orientation from the Knoll Farm staff. All students are required to attend. The orientation will be followed by dinner at 6pm and class will officially begin at 7pm. You'll be able to sign up for a full meal plan, a lunch-only meal plan, and/or Sunday night dinner through the online registration link. 


"The instructors absolutely made the course.  Their unflagging good cheer and friendliness made my time here memorable."

"Wonderful, intense, exhausting and educational class. I loved every minute of it."

"The hands on experience of cutting and raising a frame is invaluable. Being able to ask questions and pick the brains of experienced and professional timber framers is something that a book cannot provide. I only wish there was more time to delve into the subject, from the cutting procedure and joinery choices to closing-in methods"

"I came away with a wealth of knowledge and hands on experience that most certainly exceeded my expectations."

What was the most valuable part of the course? "Getting to learn from two masters. I don't think that there is anything that could substitute for the years of experience the two of them have. I think that's why it's so easy to learn from them because they've seen it all and they know how to fix everything and guide you through the hard parts."


AIA Credit Courses, Whole Structure Design/Build


Beginner, Intermediate


  • Sterling College: 2 Continuing Education Units ($260 additional)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA): 35 HSW Learning Units

Related Courses