Taking Timber Framing Further 2024 - 3 day course


Practical  course working in a small group to progress your timber framing skills. The 'practice piece' is the reinstatement of a 1580 timber frame. Some carpentry experience is needed. These three days are perfect for improvers, home-owners, conservation officers, architects, carpenters, builders, engineers, and anyone with a love of traditional timber framing who wants to get more involved in the practical carpentry of a big timber frame.

Signing up for this course at Orchard Barn will enable you to practice your skills and gain confidence whilst making a real difference to OBee CIC's restoration project. In March 2017 planning permission was granted for the reinstatement of the ruined Suffolk Long House at Orchard Barn.  The reinstatement in a 'like for like' manner uses local trees, traditional techniques, tools and a collaborative approach to working together.

Date: Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th July 2024

Led by: William Clement-Smith

Timing: 9.30-4.00

Venue: Orchard Barn, Ringshall, Mid Suffolk, IP14 2LY

Concessions available - please ask

3 day Taking Timber Framing Further course

Course Content

Practical 'hands-on' course, whilst working on this real building project, you will gain experience in:-

  • Marking and measuring out timbers
  • Traditional timber joints - which to use for maximum strength and efficiency
  • Timber frame design
  • Scribe carpentry
  • Visual strength grading of construction timber
  • Use of traditional hand tools

  learning timber framing ar Orchard Barn

Timber framing students test fit jowl post to wall plate

timber frame at Orchard Barn

Long house frame