Introductory Timber Framing Workshop – Part 2 – Roofing Structure.

* No Previous Experience Required *

Sat 21st and Sun 22nd July

The course

In this workshop we will be marking out and making some of the traditional carpentry joints used in the construction of the garden building opposite.

This course is very much a ‘Hands-on’ experience, introducing the marking out methods and use of hand and power tools used in the modern timber framing industry.
This class will be limited to 8 participants with coffee and home-made baking provided at break-times.

By completing this workshop students will have acquired the knowledge and skills required to make traditional carpentry joints used in the construction of the roofing structure of the garden building opposite.

The Tutor

The tutor James Thomson is a professional timber framer with many years in both teaching and carpentry. He is one of the founders and a director of the following businesses: The Denali School of Timber Framing — Anchorage Alaska And Thomson Timber — Star Fife Scotland He is also a fully qualified Teacher of Craft, Design and Technology with 15 years experience teaching in High Schools throughout Fife. He received specialised training in Timber Framing from Joe Thomson(tutor) at the Weald and Downland Museum and from Steve Chappell, the founder of Fox Maple School of Timber Framing in Maine.

Participant information

The course will be limited to 8 participants and is ideally suited for beginners and hobbyist wishing to develop skills in timber framing. Warm and practical clothing should be worn and a pair of steel-toed safety boots are all that is required. Students will have access to all the hand and power tools required. These may be available for purchase at the end of the course at a discounted price.

This is a ‘hands-on’ workshop where we will be building a classic apex roof structure for a small timber frame – 3.6m x 2.7m

Saturday 8am – 5pm 

We start the day with morning coffee and informal introductions. After the obligatory safety chat, we have a brief explanation of the ‘Mill Rule’ method of timber framing and why it is used. The rest of the morning session is dedicated to the marking out and manufacturing of the King-Posts, using appropriate hand and power tools. We will also make use of gauges to ensure consistent dimensions for all joints are maintained.

The afternoon session will see the manufacture of the Principle Rafters for the project roof.

Sunday 8am – 5pm

We will mark out and manufacture the Mid-Purlins and the Ridge-Purlins using previously acquired skills, tools and quality control procedures.

In the afternoon we assemble the roof structure on the floor. This is done to improve access and provide a safe working environment.

If time allows we may be in a position to fit some Common Rafters to the outside of the main frame. This process very much depends on progress made and is influenced by the need to remedy errors that may result during the manufacture of the main frame. This is difficult to predict!

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