Carpenters Trestle2 (Small)

The course

The carpenter’s trestle is an essential piece of equipment.  Traditionally, it was made on site, on the job.  This workshop will give students the opportunity to use the steel square to line-out the trestle components.  We will then cut and fit all the components for a Sussex style trestle, which you can take away with you.

This will develop the students’ knowledge of the use of the steel square, gained on The Roofing Square workshop, but also can be taken as a stand alone course.

The tutor

Joe Thompson of Sussex Oak & Iron is carpenter in residence at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. He teaches a range of historic carpentry courses at the Museum. His interest in wattle and daub follows his experiences repairing historic frames and building new frames, which have been infilled with wattle and daub.

He has developed a keen analytical eye and a scholar’s passion for following and interpreting the evidence along with a natural skill in teaching.

Participant information

The course will be limited to 8 participants. Practical clothing should be worn and a pair of steel-toe safety boots is required.


£110 per person, which includes tuition, tools and materials, teas, coffees and a light lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits.  It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses.  The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.

To book, download a form here. Alternatively, fill in the booking request below. Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

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This is an initial booking request form, and does not guarantee a place on the course. The Adult Learning Team will check the availability of the course, and reply to you as soon as possible - usually within one working day.