TFG Events & Workshops

Garland Mill Rendezvous



Guild on Garland—Rendezvous 2019—October 4, 5, 6


A month out and the chips are fast falling into place. Come join in for 3 days of timber framing fun and more at the Garland Mill in Lancaster, NH (“about as far north as you can go without needing to speak French” – Joel McCarty).  Learn to layout and cut basic compound joinery, talk architecture and engineering with the pros, traverse the underbelly of a pre-Civil War sawmill, try your hand at the Coos Co. Timber Olympics, feast and commiserate with friends, and camp under the stars (or stay in a local BnB). Sign up A.S.A.P. 


Friday Oct. 4th – Pre-Rendez Workshops $45

9:00 – 12:00  Frame Design with Andrea Warchaizer

Hands on timber frame architecture: participants will design a small frame (pavilion similar in scope to what we are cutting on Sat/Sun) and either make sketches, computer drawings, or balsa model to illustrate.

1:00 – 4:00  Frame Analysis and Engineering with Janet Kane

Using the morning designs as a jumping-off point, participants will analyze the architecture from an aesthetic and engineering perspective using broad concepts and not many complex equations. What are the joinery implications of a particular choice? How can a design be tweaked to work better for structural/aesthetic/logistic purposes?

5:00 – 6:00 Beers and collegial review of frame to be cut on Sat./Sun. How did the design evolve over time? Challenges presented, solutions developed, joinery types, and more…

Light breakfast, delicious lunch, and full dinner to be provided on Friday. Coffee all day.


Saturday Oct. 5th   $60

Track I – Hip Roof Pavilion Workshop

9:00 – 5:00  Basic Compound Roof Joinery with Chris Barstow

Hands on timber frame layout and notching skills development course. Utilizing the Chappell square and no complex trigonometry Chris and the other instructors will lead the class through the traditional timber construction of a 10’ x 12’ pavilion to be donated to the town of Lancaster.

Track II (morning) – Working Tour of Historic Sawmill

9:00 – 12:00  Delve into the mechanical conundrum(s) of a fully operational water-powered sawmill built in the 1850s, and still cutting heavy timbers and other wood products for Garland Mill Timberframes. Tour will involve taking a log through the full milling and planing process and delivering it to the pavilion notching crew. Bring gloves.

Track II (afternoon) – Timber Joinery by Ben Brungraber

1:30 – 3:30 ish  Wide-ranging discussion to be embarked upon following Ben’s warm up exercises for the mind!

Timber Olympics Commence at 4:00 – Log rolling, timber chucking, axe throwing…prizes

Breakfast, lunch and cookout-dinner with keg of beer provided on Saturday.


Sunday Oct. 5th

Hip Roof Pavilion Workshop

9:00 – 1:00  Basic Compound Roof Joinery with Chris Barstow

Completion of the 10’ x 12’ pavilion joinery work, test fitting, and mill yard raising of the frame.

High Performance Home Tour

11:00 – 1:00  Ben Southworth will lead a walking tour of several Passiv Haus - standard homes built in the neighborhood by Garland Mill Timberframes.  Discussion of approaches, techniques and outcomes. Bring your infrared cameras and oxygen masks.

Breakfast and leftovers lunch provided on Sunday.


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