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, the use of hand and portable power tools. We will be looking at the use of fresh-sawn, semi-seasoned and air-dried oak and their pros and cons, along with an overview of metal straps, plates and fixings. A variety of repairs around the Museum provide further examples, and also show the effects of time. The practical exercises focus on inserting and repairing timbers of standing, rather than dismantled frames.

The Tutors

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 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

£360 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.

This course is fully booked.  Please email courses@wealddown.co.uk or call 01243 811021 if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

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Tue–Thu 28–30 June 2022






Timber Framed Buildings