This traditional framing technique is enjoying a healthy revival - the post and beam frame is exposed on the interior and is compatible with large open floor plans. The traditional mortise and pegged joinery is a joy to make as well as to live with, and is stronger than conventional framing. Heartwood has incorporated timber framing in all of its building projects. In this class, we will lay out and cut the joinery for a complete frame and assemble it, followed by an old fashioned "barn-raising."
We will be teaching the square rule approach, a traditional method that allows one to easily use timbers of inconsistent dimensions or squareness, which is how they would come from a sawmill. Modern production timber framers use planed timbers and expensive machinery not readily available to many builders, while we will be using tools and materials that many carpenters already have or which can be found locally for a minimal investment yet give results of the highest quality.
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