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Build a House from a Tree

TIMBER FRAMING The Hand Tool Approach


xperience the romance of hand tools and learn the ancient craft of traditional timber framing in a spectacular setting with an acclaimed craftsman.

When Monday, June 13 – Friday, June 17, 2011 Course Description While staying in beautiful north Idaho, meeting and sharing with lots of interesting people, and eating some of the best grub you’ve had, students will learn the fundamentals of building a timber frame with traditional hand tools. During the day we will lay out and cut joinery, assemble the frame and have a fun filled hand raising. In the evening we will watch slides, visit a local project or two, stoke fires, share good beer, and be merry.

Topics that will be covered in the course The basic history of timber framing and explanation of the two traditional systems of layout. Square Rule Layout (this will be our layout system for the workshop) Layout of Joinery


Traditional Peg making Drawboring joinery Hand Tool Selection, Maintenance and Safety Timber Selection, Species and Use Assembling and Raising a Timber Frame

Evening sessions will cover Super slide show! Tour of local timber frame home (lots of crooked wood)

Tool List Carpenter’s Framing Square

After 13 years of professional timber framing Collin Beggs is more passionate about the craft than ever. As owner of Timber Frames by Collin Beggs, Inc. he is principal designer, timber framer and general contractor for his company. He became a union carpenter, and quickly grew bored of concrete tilt ups and got into full scribe log building in his home state of Alaska. After chancing upon a photo of a timber frame he decided to move to the northeast and began working with a variety of companies. His experience ranges from 18–19th century restoration using traditional hand tools to expanding his timber frame company into a complete design build company. He has a particular focus on using mixed species, lots of crooked wood, and is an active member/presenter of the Timber Framers Guild. Collin has studied Medieval Geometric Layout in England and studied one-on-one with some of the masters of the craft.


Combination Square Carpenters Pencil 25’+ Retractable Tape Measure 26” Crosscut Saw (Modern Stanley Sharp tooth will work well)

The workshop will take place in beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho. Weather will not be an issue as we will work in a comfortable, well lit and heated space. If the weather is nice, we can easily move outside.

Safety Glasses 1 1/2” Framing Chisel

tuition & registration info

Wooden or Rawhide Mallet Axe (American felling axe or forest axe)

$650 per person. Half is due at registration in order to hold your spot, and the remaining balance is due by May 16.

Block Plane

Please call 208.265.4982 or email for registration info.

A bag or tool box for your kit

What else is included Optional Items

Other useful Items



Rip Saw


Sharpening Stones



T-Shirt A copy of Historic American Timber Joinery by Jack A. Sobon Hearty homemade breakfast and lunch Access to extensive building library

PURCHASE THE WORKSHOP FRAME You have the opportunity to purchase the workshop frame at a great value. First come, first served as the frame often sells before the workshop itself. I can provide you with trucking contacts for shipment.

Lodging Camping on our site, other local camp sites, hotels, motels, B&B, shared houses/vacation rentals.

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Other Websites o f interest

“I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things.” W illiam C o perthwaite

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Post Office Box 964 < Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 (208) 265–4982 >