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May 1-3 2020:

Introduction toTraditional Round-Pole Timber Frame Systems and Ecological Forest Management

Led by Eric and Collin of 

and Blair Phillips

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This is part one of a four part series that is further organized into two parts, the weekend Intensive (Friday through Sunday) will include the bulk of theoretical and practical training, followed by a 4-day Practicum (Monday through Thursday) focused on hands-on building experience. This first workshop of the series will have two practicum offerings. This first intensive of the series is followed by two weeks of practicum offerings, May 4-7 and May 11-14. Participants can attend one or both. Participants are encouraged to attend both the workshop and practicum for the full learning experience. Workshops fees include an all organic, local as possible lunch and dinner as well as camping/housing options. Simple breakfast of oats, bananas and peanut butter are provided as well, participants are encouraged to bring personal snacks to supplement their food needs.  Fee also includes guided early morning yoga class.

For friends interested in going deep we are inviting a small number of spots to do an 8 week immersion through the Natural building series. Starting April 20 and concluding June 12, this immersion allows participants to attend workshops for a discounted rate and have all meals provided in exchange for joining our workshop support team in which most of your hours will be spent on the building project, but also on other supportive tasks for workshop prep and facility maintenance. ​

 This workshop will focus on basic round pole timber framing, an attractive structural skeleton that can accompany natural building wall systems.

  • The first part of the workshop will cover:

    • Design Overview

    • Structural considerations

    • Aesthetic considerations

    • How to interface timber frames with cob, straw bale & clay wattle.

    • A discussion on preparing logs 

    • a visit to the on site forest to learn about ecological selection, tools, and stacking functions for watershed regeneration/fire prevention

    • Peeling

    • Washing

    • Relief cuts

    • Curing

    • Mortise & tenon joinery - the defining element of timber framing.  Demonstrations will be provided followed by hands-on sessions with coaching.

    • Layout and set up

    • Cutting tenons

    • Cutting housings

    • Cutting mortises 

    • Honing and fitting joints 

    • Pegging joints with hardwood dowels

    • Cutting & fitting braces

    • Assembling & raising a “bent” frame

  • The extended practicums will continue with the finishing details to prepare for the following wall system workshops​ 

Three-day Intensive Fee:  $400 before april 15th $500 thereafter  (discounts if you apply for multiple workshops)

Practicum Fee: $120-$160 to cover food, cook and other hosting costs 

Interested in doing our immersion for a discount?

                   Click HERE to contact us!

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