German-Style Timber Framing

Before Sketch Up and other CAD programs, timber framers brought a low-tech but highly skilled approach to layout. Techniques for lay-out varied depending on geography: German methods, French methods, Japanese methods and American methods all differ. Using the method he learned in German trade school, instructor Gerald David will lead students in the building of a 10’x16’ cabin with a distinctively German look and features. A few lines snapped on the shop floor will provide enough information to lay out the walls of rough sawn timber, though significantly more lines will be necessary for the layout of the hip roof. This is a perfect opportunity for students with prior experience in timber framing to learn a new style and approach or for beginning timber framers to pick up a chisel and get started.

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