Timber Frame Preservation

A Guide to Understanding, Documenting, and Repairing Historic Timber Framed Buildings

Beginning with a brief history of the craft of timber framing and an understanding of historic joinery and traditional layout systems, instructors Michael Cuba and Jack Sobon will teach students how to document and date historic structures using both traditional methods and high-tech gadgetry. The course will address the evolution of preservation philosophy, the United States Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and applying for grants and tax credits.

The repair of timber framed buildings will be addressed for both in-situ and in-shop work, including shoring, dismantling, types of repairs, glues, epoxy, hardware, and appropriate structural considerations. Classroom presentations will be balanced with field trips to nearby old timber framed buildings for examination and documentation. Timber framed preservation projects underway or recently completed will also be visited.

This course is geared to contractors, architects, engineers, timber framers, and owners of old timber framed buildings. 

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