2018 TFG Conference: Pre-Conference Workshops & Events

Tour Timberline Lodge

 Cost: $25.00 Thursday, May 31 12:30pm-4:30pm

Timberline lodge is steeped in fascinating history from its WPA roots to the lodge almost being demolished in the 1950’s due to disrepair. Timberline historian Sarah Munro will discuss the development of the lodge at Timberline through its construction, furnishing, and early operation, including initial proposals, funding sources, designs for the building and its utilities, materials of wood and stone, and challenges created by the alpine environment. A representative from the United State Forest Service will then lead a walking tour of the lodge. The tour will end at the Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts where you will have the opportunity to tour the black smith shop and meet third generation Timberline Lodge Master Blacksmith Darryl Nelson. Participants will have the opportunity to forge nails that will be used in the Girls Build workshop.

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MBA in a Day – Successful or Painful Ways to Start or Grow your Business  

 Cost: $175.00 members, $225.00 non-members, FREE for TFG Company members and their employees Thursday, May 31 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

This interactive workshop is the “Cliff Notes” version for starting and running a business.  Based on industry best practices and “hard lessons learned”, content is presented in an easy to understand manner which will get you excited about the craft and the business.  With just a few takeaways, this workshop should keep you out of court while developing lifetime friendships with your future clients. The format uses contracts from existing timber frame companies to evaluate the good and bad, and how to improve.   Participants should leave with a clear understanding of how to change structure or legal status to start or stay in business, successful marketing concepts to grow their business, and lessons/mistakes made by others which need not be repeated.  Experienced small and large business owners, and those craftsmen who want to start their own business will find great value in this real world content.

Al Wallace has been a fighter pilot, “dot.com” sales and technical manager, and a mildly successful small business owner for the past 15 years.   He loves timber framing and timber framers and has participated in projects throughout the world.  Since the TFG has given so much to him, this workshop is his way of giving back.  Al holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University, and dual Master’s degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture with Certificates in Design/Build and Historic Preservation from the University of Colorado at Denver. 


ATP Presents: Modern Timber Connectors and Their Application in Timber Framing 

Cost: $175.00 members, $225.00 non-members *Approved by AIA for 8 CEU's

Join Max Closen, founder of MyTiCon Timber Connectors Inc., in a hands-on seminar to learn how modern timber connection technologies can be used for both modern timber construction and traditional timber framing.

Participants will gain valuable knowledge of recent developments in connection technology, timber composite materials, timber reinforcing, and rigging and handling systems, and learn how to apply these advancements to increase joinery strength while maintaining the essence of traditional joinery craft.

You will have the opportunity to design, fabricate, and study your own full-scale test model and enjoy testing it to its breaking point during the live demonstrations. This session will give you the skills needed to push the boundaries of timber design and place you on the leading edge of timber innovation. Read more here.




Woodmizer LT40 Demonstration with TFG Member Kaj Enderlein and Woodmizer's Rob Kondos

Demo will take place at the Cascadia Center for the Arts & Crafts located off of HWY 26 just before the turn to go to Timberline Lodge. Transportation will not be provided.

Thursday May 31st at the Cascadia Center for the Arts & Crafts. Afternoon drop-in saw mill demo using a Woodmizer mobile bandmill. from approx. 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Informal demo, no registration, cost or experience required. All are welcome to drop-in, ask questions and watch the action. 

Rob and Kaj will demonstrate the abilities and many features of the production workhorse Woodmizer LT40 while converting logs into timbers for the weekend Girls Build picnic table project.

We will involve participants with every step in the conversion process, running the mill at speed, then slowing it down and shutting it off to analyze our efforts.  They’ll discuss log selection and the thought process that goes into every cut.  We'll have fun and share the amazing joy, freedom, efficiency and fine tolerance a thin kerf precision mobile bandsaw can offer. 

Topics will include:

  • What to look for when sourcing and selecting logs.
  • Log defects (knots, grain, shake, etc.) and their effects upon cutting and final product.
  • Bandsaw design strengths and limitations. 
  • Thoughts about hiring a mobile sawyer vs buying a new mill for in-house use.

We’ll also demonstrate:

  • Quarter sawing and its effects on lumber cost, curing and performance. 
  • Cutting Boxed Heart and FOHC (free of heart center) and the cost and benefits of each process.
  • Cutting for highest value.
  • How to anticipate and cut for stress release and other defects.
  • Test question: what is left hand spiral and why can it ruin your timbers? Hint:  touring the Lodge will reveal all.

This drop-in, informal event will answer as many questions as possible.

Depending on time and interest, Kaj is willing to answer all questions on any & all financial and business aspects as a professional sawyer. (This might require a post-demo hopped beverage at the Timberline Lounge).  

Kaj Enderlein lives on Orcas Island, Washington, where he runs a mobile saw mill business and community garden. He’s taken a paw-full of timber frames from standing tree through design, milling, fabrication and erection. While his education is in civil engineering, his greatest joy is building community one tree at a time. 


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