TFG Events & Workshops

TimberFest 2023: Idaho

Join us next month in Sandpoint, Idaho, for a TimberFest event! 

We will welcome Guild members and friends to the Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center June 9-11, 2023, for a weekend celebrating our craft and community. Featuring a variety of demonstrations and speakers, as well as a KidsBuild and tours, TimberFest will be a time to gather and learn from one another - and perhaps engage in some friendly competition!

June 9-11, 2023
Tentative Schedule

Friday, June 9 - Tour Day!

Time Event Details
10 a.m. Idaho Forest Group/Chilco Mill with Kaniksu Land Trust Check-in and depart from Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center
at 10 a.m.
12:30 p.m. Lunch at Pine Street Woods  
1:30 p.m. Pine Street Woods Explore the working forest with local foresters and Kaniksu Land Trust
3 p.m. Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center Tour the University of Idaho's orchard and facilities with manager Kyle
Nagy (and stop by the Japanese timber framing workshop)
5 p.m. stay tuned!  
6 p.m. Kickoff Dinner With a welcome from TFG board members and local leaders
7:30 p.m. Historical tour and pub crawl of downtown Sandpoint Meet in downtown Sandpoint, location TBA


Saturday, June 10

Time Event Details
7:00 a.m. Breakfast  
8:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks Shelby Rognstad, Mayor of Sandpoint Kieran Taylor, TFG Board of Directors
9 a.m. Japanese Carpentry:
A View from the Inside
Dale Brotherton, Tamuki Company
10 a.m. Coffee Break Meet our exhibitors and catch some demonstrations!
10:30 a.m. Presentation: Indigenous Sturgeon Nose Canoe Carving Shawn Brigman,
Salishan Sturgeon Nose Canoes
11:30 a.m. Presentation: History of Logging, the Late Boom Period Ken Conger, Bonner County Historical Society
12 p.m. Lunch  
1 p.m. Topic TBA Joe Miller, Fire Tower Engineered Timber
2 p.m. TFG Community Building Projects -
Become a Local Hero
Autumn Peterson,
former TFG Board Member
3 p.m. Coffee Break Meet our exhibitors, visit KidsBuild, and more
3:30 p.m. Axe Throwing and Hewing Cedar Grove
5 p.m. Presentation: The Bell Tower Collin Beggs, Collin Beggs Timberframing &
Katie Egland Cox, Kaniksu Land Trust
6 p.m. Dinner  
7 p.m. TBA  


Sunday, June 11

Time Event Details
8 a.m. Breakfast  
9 a.m. Introduction of the morning session  
9:05 a.m. What Your Engineer Needs Jennifer Anthony, Fearless Engineers
10 a.m. Designing for Mixed Media Mira Steinbrecher, Architect & Designer
11 a.m. Roundtable Discussion:
Working Together
How the engineer, designer, and timber framer can work together. Full panel TBA.
12 p.m. Lunch & Thank yous  


Attendees can also check in on the 10-day Japanese timber framing workshop led by Kohei Yamamoto ( and Yann Giguere (

The KidsBuild event will run both Saturday and Sunday, and we are looking for a few timber framers to volunteer in support of this great program! Contact Allison at the Guild office if you want to get involved!

Interested in participating in TimberFest as a sponsor? Contact Cate or Allison in the Guild office!


Accommodation Options

Nearby Camping: 

Riley Creek

Springy Point 

Sam Owen

Bonner County Fairgrounds



Not a camper? Check out the Hotel Ruby Sandpoint and use the promo code UIDAHO23 - rooms are limited!

Registration has concluded on Jun 11, 2023.

Event Details

  • Dates
    Jun 9, 2023 - Jun 11, 2023
  • Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center
    10881 N Boyer Rd
    Sandpoint, ID 83864
    United States


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