Category Archives: Techniques

HEARTWOOD’S 2015 SEASON IS HISTORY!

We’ve just concluded the most successful season in our 38-year history: over 250 students in 23 courses, concluding with Tangent Handrailing (right) with instructor Billy Dillon.                 Previously in October “Art du Trait”, … Continue reading

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Making Riven Pins

How to make riven pins (pegs) for timber framing. Continue reading

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Pegs or pins?

Heartwood Director Will Beemer had an article called “Making Riven Pins” recently published in the March 2013 issue of Timber Framing, the quarterly journal of the Timber Framers Guild. (We will have a reprint of this article available soon on … Continue reading

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Concrete Countertops: the result

The boys from Stone Soup Concrete came to Heartwood to teach a two-day course in early June, and the four black countertops we poured are now installed, sealed and ready to hook up the plumbing. We’re always amazed how the … Continue reading

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Learning to frame complex roofs the traditional way

Our Complex Roof Framing course has been inspired by European teaching methods For over 20 years we’ve tackled the challenges of hip and valley roof framing using techniques learned by working alongside French and German carpenters. In our one-week course … Continue reading

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5 steps in Home Design

5 steps in home design We use a well-defined and straightforward process in designing a home with a client that includes looking a five separate steps that are each examined in isolation. After all have been considered we integrate them … Continue reading

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Fine Homebuilding and Japanese pullsaw technique

  Fine Homebuilding magazine and website has featured Heartwood Director Will Beemer demonstrating pull-saw techniques. Visit the magazine article here and the web video here.

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Fine Homebuilding coming to Heartwood

Editors and a video team from Fine Homebuilding will be coming to Heartwood in early June to film “Ten tips and techniques for cutting timber frame joinery” with Heartwood Director Will Beemer. We’ll cover some “tricks of the trade” as … Continue reading

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Timber framing with SketchUp

SketchUp is a free drafting tool from Google that makes 3-D modeling easy and fun, and is especially useful for novice designers and builders who have little experience visualizing how 2-D drawings will take shape in reality. Some additional SketchUp … Continue reading

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Energy Efficient Housebuilding: Current Best Practices

Our two-day Energy Efficient Housebuilding: Current Best Practices course originally scheduled for April 15th & 16th has been rescheduled to October 28th & 29th. An unexpected scheduling conflict came up, and instructor Billy Dillon prefers a large temperature differential between … Continue reading

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