Timber Frame Repairs course at Orchard Barn


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 was using 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

Tutor:  Rick Lewis

CPD Attendance Certificate available from Institute of Historic Building Conservation

Course Fee

  Nick learns timber frame repairs at Orchard Barn