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Timber Framing Workshop

January 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - April 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


Join us for our 2017 Timber Framing Workshop, taught by Historic Buildings and Grounds Manager, and Woodwrights Guild member, Scott Schotz. Students will learn timber framing and “post-and-beam” construction methods for building with heavy timbers rather than dimensional lumber such as 2″x4″s. Traditional timber framing is the method of creating structures using heavy squared-off and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs (larger versions of the mortise and tenon joints in furniture).

It is commonplace in wooden buildings from the 19th century and earlier. The method comes from making things out of logs and tree trunks without modern high tech saws to cut lumber from the starting material stock. Using mallets, chisels, adzes, and draw knives, hand-powered auger drill bits (bit and brace), and laborious woodworking, artisans or farmers could gradually assemble a building capable of bearing heavy weight without excessive use of interior space given over to vertical support posts. Since this building method has been used for thousands of years in many parts of the world, there are many styles of historic framing. Our class will be using the Square-rule for a non-complicated rectangular structure with a gable roof construction.

When?  Classes begin January 5th, 2017 and end April 1st, 2017. Classes will be held each Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and each Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Participants are welcome to come to as few or as many classes as fit their schedule. Please note, cost is a set $100 for non-members and $80 for members. Students are encouraged to attend all classes to achieve the most benefit.

Where? Classes will be held at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village inside the Steffen Educational Building.

What? Students will construct a timber frame addition for our existing barn.

Cost $100 for non-members (cost includes a complimentary Woodwrights Guild membership) and $80 for members

Please note, some woodworking/carpentry experience helpful. All timber and tools provided. Students must be able to lift timbers with assistance. Must be at least age 18. Certificate of completion will be provided


For further information, please contact Scott Schotz at sschotz@bnhv.marketingtech.online or 716-689-1440 ext. 7721.



January 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
April 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
3755 Tonawanda Creek Road
Amherst, NY 14228 United States
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