Oak Timber Framing – Outdoor Work Adult Courses

Bedales are delighted to announce the launch of the Traditional Heritage Craft Week which will run from July 8-12, 2024. During this week we’ll be offering three courses for adults:

  • Blacksmithing and Garden Sculpture
  • Willow Weaving and Basketry
  • Oak Timber Framing

Over the five days you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a heritage craft and learn from expert tutors. Each course will run in and around the beautiful timber framed barnyard of the Bedales Outdoor Work department. Catering and all materials are included in the price. Further details of the Oak Timber Framing course are outlined below:

Oak Timber Framing
This is a practical introduction to traditional, medieval-inspired timber framing. We will cover timber conversion, timber selection, recognising conversion marks, what to look for in ancient timber frames and the history of timber conversion.

Aim of the course: Together we will build a modest timber framed building and each student will make a mortise and tenon joint to take home.
What will you learn: Students will be taught how to mark out and cut joints, and plan and design a simple timber frame. We will make pegs using shave horses and work with hand tools throughout, there will be the opportunity to use power tools for those who feel comfortable with them.
The course is suitable for: The course will be suitable for complete beginners, but also those with some experience in carpentry who wish to know more about traditional timber framing. Gabriel is happy to discuss particular projects if you have one in mind.
Why choose this course: The course offers great value for money and the opportunity to work alongside a tutor with extensive experience of teaching and traditional building conservation. It will be held in the grounds of Bedales school, in a well-resourced department. By the end of course you will have contributed to the making of a small but beautiful building, learned skills and ideas to plan and build your own projects.

Timetable 
This is subject to change, depending on progress, but expect the week to look like this:
Monday – Friday, 9.30 – 4:30pm. Lunch is included. Early finish Friday.  NB: we will be in contact in May to gather any dietary requirements.

Day 1 –Timber conversion and selection theory. Marking out and cutting a mortise and tenon.
Day 2 – Scarfing wall plates and sill plates and putting together wall frames.
Days 3 and 4 –  Marking out and cutting the three cross frames.
Day 5 – Finishing the trusses and raising.
Every day will also include peg-making. Depending on our progress we may have time to cut rafters too.

Your tutor
Gabriel Langlands is a timber framer and artist who teaches timber framing part time at Bedales. He has been a carpenter for 19 years, working partly in conservation and repair. In 2007 he completed the SPAB Craft Fellowship for traditional building crafts.
If you have any questions please email Gabriel at gabriel.langlands@googlemail.com

Summary... Bedales are delighted to announce the launch of the Traditional Heritage Craft Week which will run from July 8-12, 2024. During this week we’ll be offering three courses for adults: […]

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