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Hidden Trace Farm CBW: Arrival
The workshop managers and a few others had already been on-site for a few days when I arrived in Tennessee for the Hidden Trace Farm Community Building Workshop. This 2-week workshop will...
Nov 5, 2020

Heartwood 2020: Timber Framing II
Our second one-week timber framing course of the summer session saw the class grow from just eight students two weeks prior to the start to 18 students on the first day. In...
Sep 9, 2020

Heartwood 2020: Timber Framing Intensive, July 10
Friday finds the class completing the bents and fitting the first of three. As is almost always the case, there is a mortise or tenon to adjust. Even with only seven classmates, the first...
Jul 15, 2020

Heartwood 2020: Timber Framing Intensive, July 9
Morning class introduced basic building math (such as timber take-off and board feet calculations), rough framing layout, roof pitch, rafter layout as well as basic drawing techniques. Toren Johnson, only recently graduated from...
Jul 15, 2020

Heartwood 2020: Timber Framing Intensive, July 8
As thunderstorms were forecast, the students availed themselves of the dry start to continue cutting the wall posts and plates. The class is a little less than half-full, so Will brought out the...
Jul 10, 2020

Heartwood 2020: Timber Framing Intensive, July 7
On this day, in the classroom, the students learned about layout techniques including square rule which this class (and all Heartwood classes) will use to lay out the rough sawn timber. The students...
Jul 10, 2020

Ekvn-Yefolecv Roundhouse CBW, Day 4 (November 4, 2019)
Day four turned out to be a warm day after another night in the 30s. After a hot breakfast prepared by our hosts, who arose at 3:30 a.m. to have the food...
Nov 6, 2019

Ekvn-Yefolecv Roundhouse CBW, Days 2 & 3 (November 2&3, 2019)
Days 2 and 3 featured more hard work by our dedicated crew on this fast-moving project. Above, Don Hildebrand works on main post members.  Rene Allen and Xavier Breuhler, one of the folks who...
Nov 5, 2019

Ekvn-Yefolecv Roundhouse CBW, Day 1 (November 1, 2019)
The next morning broke on a glorious day, though the sun had to get high before its warmth was sufficient to overcome the chill of the night before. Breakfast was a little...
Nov 4, 2019

Before the Build, Ekvn-Yefolecv Roundhouse CBW (October 31, 2019)
Note: The circumstances for this workshop are unusual for us. Typically, we celebrate the community that brings us in to help them build their community by building a timber frame. We have...
Nov 4, 2019

After the Sunrise Build: Thank You from the Guild
A Message from Workshop Manager Dale Emde Friends and colleagues, Before this workshop, if you had asked me how one should judge the success of a building project, I would have given you some...
Oct 24, 2019

Day 7, Sunrise Mill CBW (October 4, 2019)
The day of raising dawned cool and bright. The crew assembled on the sash mill deck for Dale's raising orientation. Dale reviewed the raising plan outline and addressed the specific safety issues...
Oct 8, 2019

Day 6, Sunrise Mill CBW (October 3, 2019)
Beautiful shot of the Sunrise Mill from across Swamp Creek. Unfortunately, the weather was not going to cooperate with our plan to begin the raising. The weather and the hardwood has taken its...
Oct 5, 2019

Day 5, Sunrise Mill CBW (October 2, 2019)
Day five began as a cool morning with a mist settled over the hills and our worksite. The setting, Pennypacker Mill, is surrounded by beautiful rolling Pennsylvania hills.    Our site is quiet and...
Oct 4, 2019

Day 4, Sunrise Mill CBW (October 1, 2019)
Day four started out like the beautiful fall day it should be. After a cool day and very cool night, everyone was refreshed and ready to go. Neil led us in stretching...
Oct 3, 2019

Day 3, Sunrise Mill, September 30, 2019
Monday, September 30, was a warm, sunny day - much like a summer day - and we conducted as much of the workshop as we could under the cover of tents. Still,...
Oct 2, 2019

Day 2, Sunrise Mill, September 29, 2019
Cloud cover today allowed us to work out from under tents comfortably. Under Dale's watchful eye, Paige Heron and Brian Clark lower one of the large oak sill timbers using a chainfall...
Sep 30, 2019

Day 1, Sunrise Mill, September 28, 2019
Day one, participants assembling on Saturday morning for the orientation meeting out in front of the main lodge at Camp Hope in Schwenksville, PA.   Our dining hall and food preparation facility at Camp...
Sep 30, 2019

Su Casa - Summer 2019
Check out this great Su Casa article featuring TFG Board Member, Steve Thomas.   
Jul 24, 2019

The Work Goes On: Day Two at Lake Roesiger
Lake Roesiger Community Building Workshop continues, with "more of the same" - demonstrations, layout, camaraderie, and some beautiful scarf joints.
May 24, 2019

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