TFG Events & Workshops

TFG Rendezvous: Guild on Garland

Register Now! We are so excited to return to Garland Mill Timberframes in Lancaster, New Hampshire, this September!

The Southworths welcome us to the historic mill and shop on Garland Brook over the weekend of September 22-24. Learn more about the Garland Mill HERE. Participants in this "Guild on Garland" TFG Rendezvous will continue work on the Tom Southworth Memorial Pavilion, with a raising event on Sunday. In between timber framing, folks will hear from a variety of speakers, and there will be plenty of time for campfires, music, and catching up!

Camping space is provided on-site, and there is room to park RVs, but no hookups. Water and bathrooms will be provided. If you prefer a nearby hotel, there are a couple in Lancaster that are close and reasonable. 

Tool list for use in the timber framing workshop (if you have them):
Hearing Protection
Tool belt
Framing square
Combination square
25' tape
Blue chalk line
1-1/2" timber framing chisel
2" timber framing chisel
7-1/4" circular saw
Hand saw

 Also, bring a reusable coffee cup and a water bottle. 

Guild on Garland
September 22-24, 2023
Tentative Schedule

Friday, September 22

Late afternoon/early evening arrival at Garland Mill - set up tents, refresh, revel. Enjoy supper around 6 p.m., catch up over the campfire.

Saturday, September 23

  • 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. - Welcoming remarks from GMT & TFG
  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Breakouts
    • Track I: Timber Framing workshop: The Tom Southworth Memorial Pavilion is a simple 4-hipped, 10'x12' pavilion. Garland Mill ran a basic compound workshop during the 2019 Guild on Garland Rendezvous that demonstrated how to layout compound hips and jack using a combination of carpenter math, developed drawings, and hawkingdale angles. The 2019 workshop ended with about half of the pavilion joinery laid out and cut. 
    • Track II: Engineering Fundamentals: Hands-on Engineering or FAFO: Groups will build mockups of frame/truss configurations with variations and see how the changes affect the structure. Example: simple rafter pair with collar tie; how does changing the tie position affect the stresses on the structure? Janet Kane will start the day with an abbreviated presentation of the forces in wood structures. Then some FAFO group presentations, otherwise known as "watch me break this." Finally, the group will look at some engineering modeling that shows the actual forces at work. 
  • 10 a.m. - Coffee break with Timberwolf Tools
  • 12 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1 p.m. -  Heartwood School - Slide show about the progress and first year in NH
  • 1:30 p.m. - Breakouts: Tracks I & II continue
  • 5 p.m. - Barrel of Beer Broached (kibitzing and catching up with old and new friends)
  • 6 p.m. - Supper
  • 7:30 p.m. - Presentation on Hoge Pavilion by Scott Northcott & Joel McCarty

Sunday, September 24

  • 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. - Fly Fishing Master Class with Scott Northcott and acolytes
  • 9 a.m. - Fitting and raising of the Tom Southworth Memorial Pavilion
  • 12:30 p.m. - Lunch followed by farewells

Contact the Guild office for more information: or 833-862-7376.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Registration has concluded on Sep 24, 2023.

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