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 our website).
In the course of writing the article, the question came up: are the wooden fasteners for timber frames, traditionally called “trunnels” (from “tree-nails”) correctly called “pegs” or “pins” in modern times? Some would argue that pegs are wooden and pins are metal…but bowling pins are wooden and traditionalists in the field have usually called trunnels “pins”. So the editor and authors of Timber Framing have decided, for consistency of style, to call them “pins”. Just a bit of trivia for you to add to your glossary.
Heartwood belongs to the Berkshire Woodworkers Guild, a group of professional craftsmen and women who live and work in the Berkshire area. The Guild offers scholarships each year to applicants between 16 and 25 years of age who are pursuing an education and career in woodworking, architecture and related fields. Applicants do not need to be residents of the Berkshires. If you know of a young person who could use this financial aid, please tell them about it. The deadline for the current round of application is April 1st. Details can be found at the BWG website at http://www.berkshirewoodworkers.org.
Heartwood at the Northeast Woodworkers Association Showcase
Heartwood will be raising a cherry cruck timber-frame at the Northeast Woodworkers Association Showcase next weekend (March 23 & 24). The event, to be held at the Saratoga Springs (NY) City Center, is one of the largest and best exhibition of fine woodworking in the US. It features:
- Continuous Schedule of Free Seminars on Tools and Techniques
- Trade show with over 12,000 square feet of woodworking related vendors
- Continuous Schedule of free Demonstrations
For more info, see http://www.nwawoodworkingshow.org.
Be sure to stop by our booth and say “hi” if you go. We’ll have demonstrations of peg making, using a hand-operated boring machine to make mortises (kids love to drive this machine) and models of historic timber-framed barns. You can also preview some projects from our courses, such as Heirloom Dovetail Toolchest, Shavehorse and Country Windsor Chair. Hilary Russell, instructor from our Build a Skin-on-frame Canoe course, will also have one of these boats at the show.
Three of our former Heartwood apprentices have been making waves across the hemisphere, and we’re happy to share news of their exploits here:
Shannon McIntyre (class of 2011) has been timber framing since she left Heartwood and is now in Monteverde, Costa Rica helping build a school there. Follow her blog here.
Chris Drake (2010) has become the first member of the Timber Framers Guild apprenticeship program to graduate to Journeyworker status. Congratulations, Chris! He works at Frameworks in Fort Collins, CO.
Mark Sowers (1998) has been working with Tiny House pioneer Jay Shafer in California in building a new business called Four Lights Tiny House Company, and we wish him the best of luck in this new endeavor. We’d love to get him to bring some of that knowledge back to Heartwood soon.
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 you. Sizes can range from 8′x12′ to 16′x20′. See some of our project possibilities and learn more by clicking the link here
Timber frame from 2012 with the class that built it. Tuition to the course is waived for the person buying the frame.
Instructor Mike Erkkinen teaches our new “Build your Own Heirloom Dovetail Toolchest” course offered from September 23–27, 2013. You can visit his shop and see the project in new video we’ve uploaded on our YouTube channel here. We hope to have more videos coming soon with other instructors to give you previews of the courses they’ll be teaching.
Instructor Mike Beganyi has posted a series of videos on his website that give a good preview of what you’ll learn during our SketchUp course offered from May 30–June 1, 2013. You can access the videos here.
Roof framing in SketchUp
In the Spring Heartwood will be updating some of its shop equipment and woodworking machines, and we’ll be looking for a good home for our trusty Delta Unisaw. This is a precision cabinetmaking saw in excellent condition, about twelve years old but used only occasionally during our woodworking courses.
- 10″ 50-tooth blade
- Right tilting arbor
- 3 horsepower
- 220 volts
- Biesemeyer fence with 52″ table (can handle 4-foot wide sheets of plywood to right of blade)
- Delta top-mounted blade guard – excellent safety feature
Asking price: $1000 (this package would be around $3500 if bought new). Buyer must pickup in western Massachusetts. More photos available on request.
If interested, contact us at 413-623-6677 or email@example.com.
We recently posted a short video of Jack Sobon demonstrating hewing as part of our Converting Trees to Timber course. Check it out here.
Heartwood’s 2013 workshop schedule is now online here
One of our courses makes a great Christmas surprise
…or give Michele’s cookbook Lunches at Heartwood as a stocking stuffer.
In other news, Will Beemer talks this month about wood species on Timber Frame HQ Radio
Our upcoming 36th season includes our established collection of timber framing, woodworking and housebuilding courses, and we’re offering a few for the first time.
The new “Build Your Own” series offers workshops where you take home your project, whether it be a workbench, Windsor Chair, shavehorse, pole lathe or heirloom toolchest. In our long-running Cabinetmaking course, each student creates their own Shaker-style floor cabinet. Debuting this year will be the Advanced Concrete Countertops course involving casting multi-dimensional objects such as sinks and tubs, and we’re bringing back our challenging housed-stringer Stairbuilding course.
In response to suggestions from our graduates, we’re offering some weekend (Saturday & Sunday) workshops for the first time, and have condensed our popular Timber Frame Design and Joinery Decisions course to three days instead of five to make it easier for some folks to attend.
It’s another full season at Heartwood, with more courses than ever, and we hope you’ll find something you like and will join us in the beautiful Berkshires!
2013 Workshop Schedule
July 15 – 26 (2-weeks)
One week workshops:
Fundamentals of Woodworking:
April 15-19, Oct. 7-11
April 22-26, Oct. 14-18
Build Your Own Workbench:
April 29-May 3
Build Your Own Country Windsor Chair:
Build Your Own Shavehorse:
June 24-28, Aug. 19-23
Converting Trees to Timber:
Carpentry for Women:
July 29-Aug. 2
Scribed Timber Framing:
Compound Roof Framing:
Build Your Own Pole Lathe:
Build Your Own Heirloom Dovetail Toolchest:
Home Design for Owners & Builders:
2-day & 3-day workshops:
SketchUp for Timber Framers:
May 30-June 1
Basic Concrete Countertops:
Advanced Concrete Countertops:
The History of Timber Framing:
Build a Skin-on-frame Canoe:
Timber Frame Design & Joinery Decisions: