Community Building

Upcoming Projects

CHAMPLAIN CANAL REGION GATEWAY VISITORS' CENTER RAISING (SCHUYLERVILLE, NY)

The Gateway Visitors' Center Timber Frame Raising in Schuylerville, New York, is right around the corner!  

There are many opportunities for Guild Members to participate! This project has been unique from the start. In the summer and fall of 2016, the majority of the layout and cuts were made during two community workshops. Due to some unplanned hold ups with the foundation work, the raising was postponed and the frame was temporarily stacked and covered for the long winter. Now that the ground has thawed, it is time to uncover the timbers and raise this frame in true community fashion! At this time, we are accepting volunteers for three different workshop phases.

 

Workshop Option 1:
The first workshop will be to erect the “Walk Out Level” of the Gateway Visitors Center. This will be accomplished during the week of May 23 - 26. The goal of this small workshop will be to uncover our resting frame, move it to the worksite, and clean up the effects of the long, cold winter. The workshop will culminate with the raising of the lower level of the Visitors Center on May 25. This will be a good opportunity to work on improving planing and spoke shaving skills, practice safe timber handling, and raising the frame. Camping will be available at the beautiful Fort Hardy Park on the bank of Hudson River. If you are able to lend a hand, we’d love to have you! Please sign up HERE

 

Workshop Option 2:
The second opportunity to participate is to join us for the “Main Frame Pre-Raising Workshop.” This workshop will take place during the week of June 14-18. During this workshop, we will work together to assemble bents, prep the worksite, and learn about safe rigging and raising practices. On Saturday, June 17 (rain date June 18), the Main Frame of the Gateway Visitors Center will FINALLY be erected in a hybrid style (hand and crane) community raising. It is sure to be a great end to a busy week. Meals and housing will be provided at the nearby Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and the Schuylerville community. The Christ the King site provided for a truly amazing community building experience during the September 2016 workshop! If you are available to join in during this pre-raising workshop, please sign up HERE.

 

Workshop Option 3:
The third option is the “Schuylerville Main Frame Raising” on June 17 (rain date June 18). This is going to be a true community event!  If you would like to join in for the raising only, please sign up HERE. Please note that camping only is available with a limited number of spots. 

Space is limited for all of these workshops, so sign up soon!

If you have any questions about the Community Building Projects in Schuylerville, please contact the TFG Office.

Hope to see you there,

Neil Godden
Gateway Visitor Center
Project Manager

You can also check out our blog from Phase I last summer and fall!

 

 

BC RAILWAY & FORESTRY MUSEUM PROJECT (Prince George, BC)

Plans are nearly complete for the Community Building Project in Prince George, British Columbia, this spring and summer. We are proud to have partnered with the BC Railway and Forestry Museum to build this 45-foot wide by 266-foot long covered exhibit space that will house 8 rail cars. You can visit www.tfgprincegeorgecbp.org to find out more. 

Volunteer crew members for this project can also sign up now. The Fabrication Phase (May 22-June 2) is full, but there is still room in the Raising Phase, which runs July 17-28. 

Contact Randy Churchill with any questions or for more information about this bold and exciting project in beautiful British Columbia! 

 

Some History

The Timber Framers Guild has brought forth more than 75 worthwhile structures since 1985. The majority are public or non-profit buildings. Find a list of our great projects HERE

As any non-profit can attest, having a base from which to carry out their mission—a building—is a fundamental, cherished, hard-won goal. The Timber Framers Guild can help you achieve it. But by the time we do, you’ll see that creating that structure builds something else too. It builds community.

Until fairly recently in human history, when a building was needed, all hands came together to raise it. Everyone had a part, just as they might all have a share in its use. Buildings, besides their nominal function, are monuments to the embodied energy of human effort and ingenuity.

For a taste of how large or small a TFG building project can be, view this fascinating mini-documentary from Krista Marie Media, used by permission, about the themes and teams of a project we did in Missoula, Montana.

 

Below, a snapshot from a recent multi-year project in Poland to reconstruct a synagogue roof there.

Timberframe Commubity Project in Poland