TFG Events & Workshops

Engineering for Timber Framers Workshop




Join the Timber Framers Guild and Janet Kane for an engineering workshop geared specifically towards Timber Framers.This class will delve into the workings of a good structure. Aimed for the timber framer, we will explore basic engineering principles within the context of timber frames.  In a non-mathematical format, we will begin by looking at load paths to the foundation, the basic laws of physics that each and every structure follows, (no exceptions!) and how our building behaves under different types of loading. Progressing from the whole-building, we will dissect the frame into components and discuss the various jobs each timber piece does in keeping the structure standing against the forces inflicted upon it.  In addition to posts, beams & braces, we will look at truss types. Finally we will synthesize the elements back into framing systems.  Joinery considerations will be discussed.

Working with an engineer is an underlying theme throughout the presentation. In addition to engineering concepts, we will spend time discussing what constitutes a good set of plans and will develop a shop drawing format that can be customized and that can be submitted for permitting.  This is an interactive class.  Information/ handouts will be disseminated electronically. Laptops are not required, but may be useful.

About the Facilitator:

Janet Kane is an engineer who has been working with timber framers for the past 20+ years.  Before becoming an engineer, she taught for many years in a variety of settings.  Now she spends her time doing some of both - when she’s not in a garden.   A familiar face in the Guild, she is also a member of TTRAG, TFEC and currently is on the Timber Frame Guild Board of Directors. 


Tentative Schedule:
Friday, March 22 
     Workshop at Counting House Museum  (light snacks and refreshments included)
       Evening reception at Preservation Timber Framing
Saturday, March 23 
       Workshop at Counting House Museum (light breakfast included)
12pm -4pm
       Tour of local historic sites (box lunch included)

       $165.00 TFG members
       $205.00 Non-members

Event Cancellation Policy: If there are special circumstances, such as an emergency health situation, then we will issue a full refund or apply it toward a future TFG conference or event, whichever is the preferred method. If you need to cancel, and it is more than a month before the event, you'll receive a 75% refund; if it is between two and four weeks, you'll receive 50%; and if it is less than two weeks prior to the summit, no refunds will be issued.  


Event Details

Commercial, Residential, Restoration, and CLT

Douglas fir and much more!

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