Tag Archives: Timber framing

Making Riven Pins

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

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Give a Heartwood course as a Christmas surprise

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 … Continue reading

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Converting Trees to Timber

Jack Sobon (above, shown hewing) led a team of six instructors in our just completed Converting Trees to Timber course. Jack will return next Friday and Saturday (July 6 & 7) for the debut of our 2-day History of Timber … 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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Timber framing with Eastern White Pine

We love Eastern White Pine (EWP) for most of our timber framing course projects. Why? It’s lightweight, easy to work with hand tools and shrinks the least of all of the species readily available. This availability is also a big … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Peg making – the movie

A 7 minute video with Brad Morse on how to rive and shape pegs for timber framing.

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