Category Archives: Heartwood projects

Cruck Framing added to 2016 schedule

We are adding a 5-day Cruck Framing course from May 16–20; the frame will be similar to the one shown below built in 2011. Cruck frames use large “bookmatched” curved timbers to transfer the weight of the roof directly down … Continue reading

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We’re looking for projects for 2016

Our 2016 schedule is now posted on our website and registration is open! We are looking for course projects for next season, including: Timber frames (including a cruck frame) Tiny houses Earthen or brick outdoor bake ovens Concrete countertops If … Continue reading

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WE’RE BUILDING A TINY HOUSE!

We had a great response to our notice in last month’s newsletter that we were looking for a tiny house to build. We chose John Page from Arkansas as this year’s client. John is an alumnus of a timber framing … Continue reading

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Two tiny timber frames

Our framing projects in recent years have been getting smaller, partly due to the “tiny house movement” and also to the fact that people may be coming to their senses after the building frenzy of the past few decades. When … Continue reading

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One more timber frame available in 2013

We still have one project opening in our timber framing schedule for this summer, so if you would like to have us build you a small studio, garden shed, guest cabin or woodshed we would love to discuss options with … Continue reading

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Scribing aplenty this summer

We’ve been doing a lot of scribed timber frame projects this year, including a cabin using reclaimed (and very twisted) materials and a sign frame using round cherry trees that were projects in our just completed Scribing course. In early … 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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2011 Timber Framing project nearing completion

Our June 2011 Timber Framing course laid out, cut and erected a 16′ x 20′ pine frame that is now almost complete except for the wood stove installation. This artist’s studio sits on a spectacular site overlooking the Westfield River … Continue reading

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2010 Housebuilding, Raising and Rigging Course project: finished photos

Former apprentice Brad Morse and his crew from Uncarved Block have been finishing the interior and exterior of one of our 2010 projects up on October Mountain. Our Raising and Rigging course that year installed the beautiful cherry trusses in … Continue reading

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Timber Frame up!

Our first timber framing class successfully hand-raised a 16′ x 20′ frame in nearby Middefield in just over 5 hours yesterday. After we dodged rain all week to cut 212 joints the skies held on raising day we had the … Continue reading

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