Heartwood School

Course Descriptions


Upcoming Courses

Timber Framing Intensive
May 3, 2021 - May 28, 2021 $3,100 FULLJoin Waitlist
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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Converting Trees to Timber
Jun 7, 2021 - Jun 12, 2021 $1,050 FULLJoin Waitlist
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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Timber Framing
Jun 14, 2021 - Jun 18, 2021 $850 FULLJoin Waitlist
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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Scribed Timber Framing
Jun 21, 2021 - Jun 25, 2021 $850
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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Cruck Framing
Jun 28, 2021 - Jul 2, 2021 $850
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
Jul 6, 2021 - Jul 6, 2021 $170 FULLJoin Waitlist
Learn the basics of masonry heater construction with a combination of classroom learning and hands-on building.
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Outdoor Earthen Bake Oven
Jul 7, 2021 - Jul 8, 2021 $450 FULLJoin Waitlist
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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Timber Frame Design & Joinery Decisions
Jul 7, 2021 - Jul 9, 2021 $510
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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Intro to SketchUp
Jul 12, 2021 - Jul 14, 2021 $550
This course introduces SketchUp, a powerful and effective, yet user-friendly, 3D computer drawing and modeling program.
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Advanced SketchUp Pro and LayOut
Jul 15, 2021 - Jul 16, 2021 $380
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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Timber Framing
Jul 19, 2021 - Jul 23, 2021 $850
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 with Power Tools
Jul 26, 2021 - Jul 30, 2021 $850
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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Timber Framing - Women Only
Aug 2, 2021 - Aug 6, 2021 $850
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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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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Wood Identification: Level 1
Aug 23, 2021 - Aug 23, 2021 $350
Learning to identify wood species is an indispensable tool, whether you are trying to sort through a stack of mixed-species timbers for a new project or trying to evaluate the strength of an existing timber building or bridge. In this class, participants will gain skills needed to identify woods no matter what the sample size and will learn to identify common hardwoods and softwoods of North America. Skills learned can be applied to the identification of non-native species as well.
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Wood Identification: Level 2
Aug 24, 2021 - Aug 24, 2021 $350
In this course, participants will learn to identify woods by studying both macroscopic and microscopic anatomical features. This workshop is suitable for those with at least an entry-level familiarity with wood anatomy and species identification and will build on skills learned in Wood Identification: Level 1.
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Condition Assessment and Visual Grading of Timber
Aug 25, 2021 - Aug 28, 2021 $1,000
This course will focus on wood investigation techniques and visual grading of lumber and timber. Participants will learn about visual grading rules as they pertain to structural timber, and applying those rules to full-size samples. The grading portion of the workshop will culminate with a written and practical examination. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of course completion issued by the Timber Frame Engineering Council.
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Basics of Building
Aug 30, 2021 - Sep 3, 2021 $850
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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