The  Timber Frame Apprenticeship Program


This program is all about Learning While Doing.

Apprentices stay for 4 weeks at a time, and learn timber framing, natural building, carpentry and other building skills in a community based setting during their stay at Hawk Circle.


Each week is filled with lessons, making pegs, cutting mortises and tenons, moving beams, drilling holes, sharpening chisels, sawing, designing, layout and much more.   


Apprentices learn and practice timber framing from Monday through Friday, with Sat-Sun off.   This time can be spent on personal projects or enjoying the Hawk Circle Campus and surrounding countryside.


The benefits of spending a month at Hawk Circle lies in the opportunity to work on several projects, see your skills grow each week through repetition, and in the experience of living in a community of motivated, excited people.

Participants also get an opportunity to use the tools here in our shop, so they don't have to purchase many tools before getting a chance to try them out.   Personal safety equipment and basic building tools are required, and all apprentices get a list of clothing, gear and tools upon acceptance into the program.


We take a maximum of five apprentices at a time, and the cost for this program is $400 per week, for a total of $1,600.   Food is not provided during the apprenticeship, except as part of our community dinners, where we have potluck gatherings. 


Housing is in tents or camp cabins or in a shared room in the Hawk Circle Farmhouse., depending on availability.  


Program Details:


Timber Framing Tool Use and Care                      Mortise Cutting

Beam Sawing Techniques                                        Tenon Cutting

Rafter Cutting                                                             Floor Joist Cutting

Sill Beam Cutting                                                       Knee Brace Cutting

Plate Beam Cutting                                                    Post Beam Cutting

Girt Beam Cutting                                                      Tie Beam Cutting

Dovetail Mortises                                                       Thru Mortises

Chisel Sharpening Methods                                    Hard Wood Peg Carving

Drilling and Assembling Frames                            Safe Beam Moving 

Tool Repair and Re-Handling                                Beam Layout & Measuring

Frame Design and Support Structure                   Tree Identification

Timber Framing History                                          Work Safety & Gear

Natural Clay Building & Insulation                       Carpentry Skills

Business Skills and Pricing                                     Frame Raising Skills


All wood, tools and materials are provided during the program.  

(Note: Students who want to work on special personal projects may be asked to pay for the direct costs of the materials for that project if they wish to take it home.)


Time Off:   Participants may arrange for time off with advance notice if projects allow.




Apprentices must be 18 or over, and in good physical condition. 

(Timber Framing is physically rigorous at times!)

Must have proof of medical insurance.

Work Clothes/Boots/Gloves/Ear Protection/Eye Protection/Hat/Sunscreen

Must have food money sufficient for the duration of the program

Must keep their work station and shop clean

Must adhere to community standards for behavior and cleanliness

Must stay for the full four weeks of the program

Our Apprenticeship Program dates:   
October 17-November 13, 2021    

Click Here  for the 2021 Fall Apprenticeship Program Details.


Potential apprentices should contact us at HawkCircleOffice@gmail.com to arrange an interview or a visit, to see if you are a good fit for this program.


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