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.
Nick cut away the decayed wood
and crafted a new 'foot' in locally sourced green oak. This was no mean
feat since the core of the oak gate post was as hard as nails, and Nick
a hand-saw and chisel. However it did demonstrate the durability and
longevity of oak!
The repaired post was returned
to St Mary's Church-yard at West Stow in Suffolk where it should be
good for another hundred years.
Course dates: 2018 tbc
CPD Attendance Certificate available from
Institute of Historic Building Conservation