An Introduction to Timber Frame Repairs course at Orchard Barn 2024


Learn how to assess the condition of your timber frame, and how best to repair old timbers using a traditional scarf joint and hand tools.

9.30-4.00 Monday 10th June 2024

Presentation by Rick Lewis of Traditional Oak Carpentry

Tools of the trade and practical carpentry session with and the Orchard Barn Team.

IHBC CPD Attendance Certificate available

Timber Frame Repairs course

About a previous trainee ... Nick lives in the adjacent parish of Battisford and is restoring an 18th century cottage. He needed to learn practical timber frame repair techniques so that he could undertake repairs to his home, so he booked himself onto a course at Orchard Barn.

In this short video Nick describes a traditional timber frame repair technique called a scarf joint that he learnt from Traditional Oak Carpenter and tutor Rick Lewis.

As a 'practise piece' Nick worked on a post from a local church. He cut away the decayed wood and crafted a new 'foot' in locally sourced green oak.

The repaired post was returned to St Mary's Church-yard at West Stow where it should be good for another hundred or so years.

  Nick learns timber frame repairs at Orchard Barn