The Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts
Woodworking Curriculum
To get the most benefit from the following workshop, those attending should have previous stairbuilding and woodworking experience.

Tangent Handrailing

October 5 – 7  

Billy Dillon of South Mountain Company will teach a 3-day intensive class in the crafting of traditional tangent handrails. The mix of drafting and workshop time will focus on the basics of face mould drawing and tangent handrail development, and each student will create a wreath for a handrail using hand tools. Billy will also cover tread/riser relationship and stairway designs used to create seamless and elegant handrails.

Students are encouraged to bring their own proposed project plans and portfolios for sharing. Note: This is an advanced course for carpenters, builders and woodworkers. Participants should have a familiarity with stair construction and good drafting and visualization skills.

Each participant should come prepared to draft their own shop drawings and perform limited bench work operations. Upon registering you will receive a list of drafting and woodworking tools to bring.

Tangent handrail    Tangent handrail
Tangent handrail   
Tangent handrail    Tangent handrail

Tuition: $480 per person, $885 per couple; includes lunch. This course is limited to six participants.

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Johnson Hill Road

Washington, MA 01223

Phone: 413 623-6677


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