Island School of Building Arts

The Island School of Building Arts was established in 1997 as a training provider for the log and timber frame construction industry, and we’ve never missed a day! Our primary focus is housing, teaching traditional, structural, big wood and stone joinery. ISBA supports local Housing Initiatives through donations of project buildings. We are involved in Housing and Educational initiatives with Aboriginal First Nations throughout Canada with site-delivered courses. Our Instructors are master shop Teachers, industry Specialists, indentured Tradesmen, experienced Professionals capable and Approved. Hundreds of competent ISBA graduates have passed our gates. We have an unblemished safety record.

ISBA campus is a six-acre craftsman village of traditional Log and Timber and Stone house, surrounded by a log Piece-sur-Piece walled fortress (Fort ISBA). We believe environment stimulates learning. We welcome a wide range of ISBA students from all over the world, all passionate for building with wood and stone. ISBA is part of a larger island community of schools, medical, shops and businesses, artists and artisans, enlightened philosophers, thinkers and doers, poets and musicians, activists and enthusiasts, with all the prerequisite cafes serving coffee and wifi, restaurante au couture, pubs, and speakeasies.

Our 2020 course offerings include the following:

  • Timber Frame Post & Beam Design and Drawings - April 6-10
  • Timber Frame Layout Methods - April 13-17
  • Timber Frame Joinery - April 20-24
  • SketchUp for Timber Framers, Level 1 - April 25-26
  • Timber Frame Post & Beam Wall and Roof Systems - April 27-May 1
  • Timber Frame Hammer Bents Design & Drawings - May 4-8
  • Timber Frame Virtual Layout - May 11-15
  • SketchUp for Timber Framers, Level 2 - May 16-17
  • Timber Frame Mitered Joinery - May 18-22
  • Timber Frame Raising - May 25-29
  • Scandinavian Scribed Notched Corner Laftwerk - June 1-5
  • French Scribed Piece-sur-Piece - June 8-12
  • Log Post & Beam Stav og laft - June 15-19
  • Modular Log Building - June 22-26
  • Scandinavian Scribed Notched Corner Laftwerk - September 7-11
  • French Scribed Piece-sur-Piece - September 14-18
  • Log Post & Beam Stav og laft - September 21-25
  • Modular Log Building - September 28-October 2
  • Timber Frame Post & Beam Design and Drawings - October 5-9
  • Timber Frame Layout Methods - October 12-16
  • SketchUp for Timber Framers, Level 1 - October 17-18
  • Timber Frame Joinery - October 19-23
  • Timber Frame Post & Beam Wall and Roof Systems - October 26-30
  • Timber Frame Hammer Bents Design & Drawings - November 2-6
  • Timber Frame Virtual Layout - November 9-13
  • SketchUp for Timber Framers, Level 2 - November 14-15
  • Timber Frame Mitered Joinery - November 16-20
  • Timber Frame Raising - November 23-27

We are currently registering students for 2020 courses, both Spring and Fall. Interested in joining the course? Contact Pat at www.isba.ca or 250-247-8922.

Contact ISBA:
 

ISLAND SCHOOL OF BUILDING ARTS
3199 Coast Road
Gabriola Island, British Columbia
V0R 1X7

p: (250) 247-8922         f: (250) 325-8978

email: info@isba.ca


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