Basics of Building


students at Heartwood discussing tools and tool use

This course gives students a basic overview of general terms, tools, and techniques used in the field of carpentry. Learn how to safely use a wide range of hand and power tools while building a small structure such as a garden shed.  We'll go over house framing and layout while looking at the anatomy of a structure, floor, wall, and roof systems. Whether you're planning on building a house, just want to learn some basic carpentry skills, or want to learn the vocabulary to be able to communicate with a contractor, this course will help you gain the confidence you'll need.


Lizabeth Moniz

Having always been a curious and experiential learner, Lizabeth Moniz has explored many things in her life. Two of her constants though, have been wood and plants. A carpenter by trade, she has built many projects from tables to houses. She has also taught many different classes with varied populations and ages including woodworking, timber framing, furniture building and carpentry, with Green Mountain College, Women Build, The Carpenter’s Boat Shop, Peace Corps, and Yestermorrow Design/Build School. Great days include walking in the forest amongst the trees, hand planing with a perfectly sharp plane, or body-surfing in non shark-infested waters.

Patti Garbeck- Bio to come

Recommended Reading

Journal of Light Construction - Field Guide

Graphic Guide to Frame Construction -Rob Thallon

Do-it-Yourself Housebuilding - George Nash

Audel Carpenter's and Builder's Layout, Foundation, and Framing, 7th Edition -Mark Miller, Rex Miller

Oct 2, 2023 - Oct 6, 2023 $1,000

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