Timber Framing

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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.

Course start time: Sunday, 7pm
Course end time: Saturday, 5pm

Please note that the June course begins at 7pm on a Friday.


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

"Great Workshop! I am inspired by the use of hand tools and focus on technique. Thanks for all the dedication of instructors and staff."

"The instructor’s combination of directness and professionalism combined with their sense of humor made the overall atmosphere. It set the tone and everyone responded to it."

"Every aspect was fun, exciting and educational. Josh and Skip are extremely cool guys and such strong and patient educators. If I had to choose the strongest part of a course so full of highlights, I'd have to choose the confidence it has instilled me with. I went into the course with quite little carpentry and handtool experience and after six inspiring days, I feel capable and energized."


AIA Credit Courses, Elective Courses for the Certificate in Sustainable Building and Design, Sustainable Building and Design


Beginner, Intermediate


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

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