The Timber Framers Guild is seeking volunteers for its upcoming Community Building Workshop scheduled for November 1-10 in Weogufka, AL. The workshop consists of cutting and raising a 16 sided 70’ diameter round house for Maskoke Native Americans.
The work will be mostly edge square rule, with a substantial number of compound pieces, with a few round and flitched pieces thrown into keep it interesting. The frame consists of a variety of southern pines (longleaf and loblolly) along with a variety of hardwoods – at least 8 different species at current count.
We are looking for approximately 35 volunteers with varying experience, from newbies to seasoned pros. We have over 14,000 board feet of timber and almost 250 pieces to cut – so everyone will get some hands-on layout, cutting, and raising experience. Power tools will be utilized for the cutting, and we will be using a crane for the raising.
We will be cutting the frame on-site (which consists of a beautiful and secluded 577 acres of rolling Alabama woodland), and primitive camping will also be on site, although a little bit removed from the actual building area. Meals will be provided by the community (all you can eat, and then some), felling of the trees has begun, and a crew of instructors has been assembled – all we are missing is you!
While we’d love to see you for the full 10 days, if you can only make it for a few we will accomidate if possible but preference will be shown to those who can stay for the duration. Participants must be registered to attend, and, more detail (tool lists, camping, logistics, etc) will be provided as it becomes available.