Oak timber framing: jowl posts

Monday 23 - Friday 27 April 2018


Frequently asked questions

The course

In this workshop the primary timbers of a timber-framed building, namely the posts, plates, beams and cills will be lined-out, scribed, cut and fitted. This course will focus on historic tools and techniques.

This workshop aims to develop the students’ knowledge and experience to the specific problems facing the historic carpenter framing with “wet” or “green” oak. It will introduce solutions to framing the timbers together to ensure the correct lengths, bevels and allowances, and will aim to provide a detailed knowledge of the use of double-cut scribing, and string-line and plumb rule layout.

By completing all three workshops students will have covered the lining out and cutting of all the joints required for a simple one-bay timber framed building.

The tutor

Joe Thompson of Sussex Oak & Iron is carpenter in residence at the Weald & Downland Living Museum. He teaches a range of historic carpentry courses at the museum. 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 workshop will be limited to 8 participants, and is suitable for everybody, from complete beginners to experienced carpenters.
As most of the work will take place in the unheated Gridshell Workshop, warm and practical clothing should be worn and a pair of steel-toe safety boots are required.

Stills photography and note taking is encouraged. Video photography is not permitted.

Fee and refreshments

£550 per person for full participation in the workshop.  This includes tuition, tools and materials, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance any special dietary requirements.


Please read out terms and conditions before booking.

If any of our courses are full and you would like to be added to a waiting list please email [email protected] or call 01243811021, we are sometimes able to arrange further course dates.