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Mastering the Basics of Square Rule Timber Framing


Rocky Mountain Workshops presents Mastering the Basics of Square Rule Timber Framing, with Skip Dewhirst, Chris Kates, Chris Drake, and Peter Haney. 

This unique workshop offers students a solid introduction to basic timber framing using the "Square Rule" technique. Developed in America in the early 1800s, the "Square Rule" approach to timber framing is an elegant system that allows framers to accurately layout traditional mortise and tenon joinery on rough-sawn, imperfect timbers. In this workshop, we begin with a stack of rough-sawn timbers and end with the celebratory raising of a complete, finely crafted frame. The workshop frame is purposely designed as a teaching tool and, as such, incorporates a wide variety of pegged mortise and tenon joinery. Hand tools (chisels, axes, adzes, handsaws, spokeshaves, handplanes) will be our tools of choice, not power tools, as we believe this to be the most effective and enjoyable way to get new framers started.

The workshop will take place at Colorado State University - Mountain Campus in Bellevue, Colorado, August 19-25. Visit www.rockymountainworkshops.com for more information. 

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Elevating the design of timber structures

Nontoxic, biodegradable, sustainable

beautifully handmade timber frames, beam work

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