This post is a peek into a workshop that was organized by Timberhomes employees in Matt’s hometown of Brevard, North Carolina. The students are caught in the act here, slicing and dicing, reading plans, and raising timbers. Many of our students are builders themselves, who were looking to add timberframing to their repertoire. North Carolina offered us a respite from the New England winter, and a sweet two weeks making friends. Thanks to Capturing WNC Photography for taking, and allowing us to post, these beautiful photos.
Tools of the trade: chisel, mallet, combination square
Eastern white pine rafters, hot off the press
A student starts to lay out the first timber..Stuart Howe, of Mud Dabbers
Timberhomes’ Sam Jessup checks student layout with a discerning eye
One side of a tenon looks square enough to me…will it pass this student’s test?
A slick chisel pares off the final curls of wood on this tie beam’s tenon
This course was geared towards carpenters and woodworkers, and teaching the safe use of common power tools used in timberframing was an integral part.
Building a timberframe also requires proper use of many traditional hand tools, like the drawknife this student’s using to shape pegs.
A student uses a bench plane to finish the corners of beam.
This student is using the flat back of the chisel to create a flat surface on this tenon. And smiling.
A chisel can take fine shavings of wood, or larger chunks to quickly get rid of material.
Formwork still on the concrete foundation, an instructor and the project’s GC survey the site.
A plate section suspended from the claws of the boom tuck
A student uses the commander to ‘nudge’ a plate section over. Other students keep track of braces and other post joinery.
Most of the main frame is raised, and a long wall is getting assembled in its entirety on horses.
With the main cross frames raised, students set up planks to raise pairs of rafters.