The Timber Framing Skills Intensive
This is a hands-on, weeklong program taught here at our workshop in Cherry Valley, NY. We keep our programs small (10-12 students) to insure lots of personal attention throughout the process.
Each day is filled with specific joinery demonstrations & lessons, which includes making pegs, cutting mortises and tenons, moving beams, drilling holes, sharpening chisels, sawing, designing, layout and much more.
Participants can use the tools here in our shop, or bring their own, so they can try out many tools before making a purchase for their own tool kits. Personal safety equipment and basic building tools are required, and all participants get a list of clothing, gear and tools upon acceptance into the program.
We take a maximum of 12 students, and our programs fill fairly quickly.
The cost for this program is $1,700. There may be an early registration discount in some cases, depending on when you are registering.
Food consists of hearty meals three times a day, and students also stay in our timber framed cabins here at our retreat center throughout the programs.
(Many other timber framing workshops do not include either food or housing, so please keep this in mind when comparing prices between different programs!)
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 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.)
Our program is geared towards beginner and intermediate woodworkers or contractors, but no experience is necessary to attend. We can also offer more advanced training to those who are more experienced as well.
Our Intensive Dates:
April 24-29, 2023
August 14-19, 2023
Please feel free to contact us at HawkCircleOffice@gmail.com if you have any questions about this program.