Heartwood School

Course Descriptions


Upcoming Courses

Raising & Rigging
Aug 9, 2021 - Aug 13, 2021 $915
This course teaches the few, but necessary, knots needed by timber framers to safely lift heavy loads and equipment. All the elements of a knot, bend, and hitch will be covered, and more.
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Demystifying Roof Geometry - The Stereotomical Approach
Aug 16, 2021 - Aug 20, 2021 $850 FULLJoin Waitlist
(formerly Complex Roof Framing) Roof geometry is a challenge most framers must face eventually. These problems can be solved either mathematically or visually (drawing by hand). The skill of drawing complex shapes and practicing stereotomy has been taught for centuries by the French, German, and Japanese carpentry traditions; it enables the carpenter to directly measure working angles and scale dimensions rather than calculating them.
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Demystifying Roof Geometry - The Stereotomical Approach
Aug 23, 2021 - Aug 27, 2021 $850 FULLJoin Waitlist
(formerly Complex Roof Framing) Roof geometry is a challenge most framers must face eventually. These problems can be solved either mathematically or visually (drawing by hand). The skill of drawing complex shapes and practicing stereotomy has been taught for centuries by the French, German, and Japanese carpentry traditions; it enables the carpenter to directly measure working angles and scale dimensions rather than calculating them.
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Basics of Building
Aug 30, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021 $850 FULLJoin Waitlist
This course presents the basic techniques and principles of house building, timber framing, and carpentry.
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Concrete Countertops
Sep 2, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021 $400
Learn how to design and fabricate a concrete countertop.
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Future Courses

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Advanced SketchUp Pro and LayOut
The Advanced SketchUp Pro and LayOut class will mix working in 3D and 2D using LayOut, a powerful addition to SketchUp Pro that can turn the basic modeling program into a multi-featured design, documentation, and presentation tool.
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Converting Trees to Timber
In this course, students will learn how to grade timbers for strength and appearance, understand how to maintain a woodlot, safely and efficiently cut trees, and convert those round logs into square timbers.
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Cruck Framing
Cruck frames use large curved timbers to transfer the weight of the roof directly down to the foot of the posts. In this workshop, we will build a small, two-bent cruck frame, from tree selection to layout to raising.
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Intro to Masonry Heating
Learn the basics of masonry heater construction with a combination of classroom learning and hands-on building.
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Intro to SketchUp
This course introduces SketchUp, a powerful and effective, yet user-friendly, 3D computer drawing and modeling program.
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Outdoor Earthen Bake Oven
Earthen ovens are a traditional focal point of many cultures around the world, and in this two-day course we will build an oven mainly from local materials.
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Scribed Timber Framing
Students in the scribed timber framing course will learn to join round timbers to both square and other round pieces, and out-of-square timbers to other out-of-square faces on adjoining pieces, practicing various methods developed by a variety of cultures and adapted for modern use.
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Timber Frame Design & Joinery Decisions
This course is geared towards timber framers and covers the architectural and structural basics for designing timber frame structures that are both beautiful and functional.
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Timber Framing
Timber framing is a traditional framing technique that is incorporated into all building projects at the Heartwood School. In this class, we will lay out and cut the joinery for a complete frame and assemble it, and then raise it at the end of the course.
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Timber Framing - Women Only
Timber framing is a traditional framing technique that is incorporated into all building projects at the Heartwood School. In this class, which is open to women only, we will lay out and cut the joinery for a complete frame and assemble it, and then raise it at the end of the course.
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Timber Framing Intensive
This course combines the core of our previous timber framing, homebuilding, and apprenticeship curriculums into one package for those who seek more opportunities for development than is provided in our one-week courses.
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Timber Framing with Power Tools
In this course, we will fabricate and raise a timber frame, but with a modern twist, safely integrating power tools into the process.
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