Practical timber repairs

An Introduction to Practical Timber Repairs

The Course

Three practical days introducing students to a range of timber repairs. 

The course will include the approach to timber frame conservation, and the use of hand and portable power tools. It will also explore the pros and cons of the use of fresh-sawn, semi-seasoned and air-dried oak along with metal straps, plates and fixings. 

Practical exercises focus on inserting and repairing timbers of standing, rather than dismantled frames and examining repairs made to the Museum’s exhibit buildings. 

The Tutor

Joe Thompson of Sussex Oak & Iron is the MSc Timber Building Conservation Programme Leader 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 course 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.

Still photography and note taking is encouraged.  Video photography is not permitted. A complete tool kit is provided on the course.

Fee & Refreshments

£395 per person for the workshop. This includes tuition, tools and materials, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know if you have any dietary requirements. Lunch is available in the Museum cafe and at local pubs.

Book course




Tue–Thu 16–18 July 2024






Timber Framed Buildings