Timber Frame Workshop: Day 1

Yesterday we kicked off our Timber Frame Workshop beneath sunny skies. With our team of experienced framers - Pat, Bob, Al, and Bruce - leading the way, we jumped right in to tasks like laying out and cutting our bents (cross sections of the structure) and wall plates, punching mortices (mortice and tenon joints are used to join timbers), and drilling peg holes. Already, a sense of community is developing amongst our crew, which includes seasoned framers and total novices, locals from down the road and out-of-towners from places like Wisconsin and New Jersey. We're excited to see what the next 8 days will hold!

The team reviews design and layout

The team reviews design and layout

Bob and Pat review measurements

Bob and Pat review measurements

Moving wall plates into position

Moving wall plates into position

Greg helps keep the team hydrated 

Greg helps keep the team hydrated 

Bob marks out a mortice 

Bob marks out a mortice 

Bruce and Paula prepare to cut a scarf joint

Bruce and Paula prepare to cut a scarf joint

Dave and Dan drill peg holes

Dave and Dan drill peg holes

Greg, Katie, and Kerri measure out cuts on a wall plate

Greg, Katie, and Kerri measure out cuts on a wall plate

Dan hones his chisel skills

Dan hones his chisel skills

Katie finally gets to use a power tool!

Katie finally gets to use a power tool!

Kerri drills a peg hole

Kerri drills a peg hole

Dan and Jon use chisels to clean up some mortices

Dan and Jon use chisels to clean up some mortices

Al uses his Woodmizer to prep some brace pieces

Al uses his Woodmizer to prep some brace pieces