Learn to Timber Frame

Permaculture magazine
Tuesday, 18th March 2014

Opportunities to be involved in a timber frame building project which will become a teaching centre for traditional ship building.

The village of Buckler's Hard on the banks of the Beaulieu river in Hampshire, will become a centre for teaching and studying ship building, beginning with the construction of a timber workshop.

The Shipwright School will be partnering with the International Boatbuilding Training College in Portsmouth, to provide a timber framed workshop which will then hold courses in ship building, helping ensure shipwrighting skills are continued on both a local and national level. This will enable support for the traditional boatbuilding industry and the restoration of historic ships.

The process of building the workshop, which will use locally sourced timber from the surrounding Beaulieu estate, will provide learning opportunities for students and the local community in traditional building skills, exploring traditional tools and methods.

Various courses specialising in traditional timber framing skills will run for the public, apprentices and students, including hand hewing, pit sawing, timber framing and the always exciting, raising weekend.

With the woodland so close by, students taking the shipwrighting courses will learn all aspects of using timber to build, including felling, conversion and timber storage. Courses are set to begin in April 2015.

The workshop building is planned to be raised from 1st-3rd of August 2014.

To learn more about the courses visit here.

The raising day is open to the public, who will be able to watch the traditional method of raising a timber framed building.

For more information on the building programme visit here.

Further resources

Roundwood Timber Framing by Ben Law for just £14.95 (also available as a pdf and DVD)

A review of Roundwood Timber Framing

A visit to Ben Law's woodland house

Ben Law's woodland world: January/February

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