Monthly Archives: March 2011

Timber Framing: Square Rule Layout

There are four different approaches to laying out joinery used by the majority of timber framers in North America: scribing, mapping, using timbers planed to exact dimensions (“mill rule”), and the “Square Rule”. Scribing requires much handling of timber (but … Continue reading

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Land for sale

Heartwood alumnus Richard Kerver has some land for sale that might be ideal for an owner builder. Contact him at rkerver@gmail.com if you’re interested and he can provide photos. More info here. Location: 88 South Meadow Road, Clinton MA 01510 … Continue reading

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Timber framing events coming up

Heartwood Director Will Beemer will be presenting at the upcoming Timber Framers Guild Traditional Timberframe Research and Advisory Group (TTRAG) Symposium from April 1-3 in Beverly, Mass. He’ll be explaining the Guild’s new apprenticeship program and how conservation techniques fit … Continue reading

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Alumni project update

Heartwood alumni Brian Malone (Apprentice ’08) has sent us a few photos of his recent projects. View them in our Photo Gallery.

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Hand tools vs. power tools

We were interviewed as part of an article titled “Well-stocked toolbox key to a job done right” appearing in today’s Boston Sunday Globe, and it got me to thinking about a door I had built earlier this week. This small … Continue reading

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Engineers Without Borders is offering a workshop designed for practicing architects, engineers and design professionals who want to update their understanding of timber framing. Participants should have a basic structural engineering background. Sept. 22-25, Laramie, Wyoming. wwweng.uwyo.edu/societies/iec/

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Timber framed artist’s studio

The project for our June 20-24 Timber Framing course will be this 16′ x 20′ artist’s studio in Middlefield. The Eastern White Pine frame will include wedged half-dovetail tenons on the tie beams, stepped lapped rafter seats and bridle joints … Continue reading

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Timber Frame Design and Joinery Decisions course takes the devil out of the details.

There are a lot of questions floating around out there on timber framing forums about what size timbers and joinery to use for projects. Our Design and Joinery Decisions course (June 13 – 17) takes the mystery out of the … Continue reading

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Timber framing projects for 2011 set

Our two timber framing courses for 2011 (June 20-24 & August 15-19) now have their projects assigned. The first course will build a 16′ x 20′ artist’s studio to be raised in nearby Middlefield on the last day of the … Continue reading

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